The White House and New York Times photographer Doug Mills captured seven different presidents through his lens.In a short video interview with todayHe discusses his time behind a lens that covers some of the most powerful people on the planet.
Photographer with decades of experience
Pulitzer Prize-winning Doug Mills has been a photojournalist for nearly 40 years and is responsible for taking pictures of everything from major sporting events to seven different presidents of the United States. He is currently a photographer for the New York Times’ Washington office and has been in that position since 2002. Prior to that, he worked as Chief Photographer for the Associated Press in Washington for 15 years and joined after working for 4 years. Year at the Washington office of United Press International.
He won the first Pulitzer Prize for photography on the Associated Press during the Clinton / Gore campaign coverage and the second award for coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky case. He is also a multiple winner of the White House News Photographers Association.
Mills is said to be the first photographer to use a remote camera to photograph the president in 2001. Mills has posted a photo of the 16th Beijing Olympics covering the Olympics on his Instagram.
Looking back on the president’s capture
When asked what he was looking for when taking a picture of the president, Mills did more than just capture the moment, but in a unique and special way, or to accurately portray the subject. It is said to be done in.
“I’m looking for the moment of expression with the president, the light around him, or someone else in the room he might be looking at,” he says. “It motivates me to seize opportunities, look at things from a different perspective, and try to do it every day.”
Mills says that complicating the task is how few wiggle rooms he has to operate around the president.
“Access to the president’s surroundings is very limited. Very limited. I’m always stepping into the Secret Service agent. [and asking them]”Can you give me an edge or give me two feet,” he says.
“Looking around the room makes me feel like a president. All presidents wear their mood on their sleeves.”
Mills says that thanks to his lens, he can get very close to the president, which can have the effect of translating emotions into him.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m inside his body because you’re so close. You’re so zoomed in on them.”
Mills says that of the seven presidents he photographed, Barack Obama was the most photographed and Donald Trump was the most iconic.
“”[Obama] It was like a chameleon. Whether he was wearing a suit or jeans, playing basketball, going to a bar and drinking beer with people, he could fit in any situation, “says Mills.
“You can take any picture [Trump] In any situation, if you show his hand, hair, jacket, or silhouette, people will immediately recognize him, “he says, talking about the symbolic nature of the 45th President.
Today’s The interview highlights Mills’ work, from his political photography to outstanding sports photography, and is certainly worth a look. More details on Mills’ photos can also be found on his Instagram.