While it seems that Donald Trump is engaged in a war of words with just about everyone at times, from China, to members of congress, to his favorite target, the media, there’s one group he’s heaped a lot of praise upon lately: photographers.
It takes some amount of obsession with one’s image to rise to the level of president. While some presidents, such as Ronald Reagan, were great at the art of the photo opportunity, Trump hasn’t always been able to translate his success as an actor on television into excellent photography. Initially, portraits and candid White House photography seemed rather slapdash. More recently, however, the White House Flickr page has seen more professionally done candid and posed photos.
That doesn’t mean Trump doesn’t welcome more free exposure from the media, however. While reporters can be hard-pressed to get answers to their questions, photojournalists working the current White House seem to agree that they have more and better opportunities for photos than they’ve had in years past. Trump even continues to participate in a yearly White House News Photographers Association awards dinner while continuing to spurn the White House Correspondents’ Association fundraising dinner. It’s even been noted that Donald Trump’s favorite photo appears to be surrounded by visitors while sitting at the resolute desk.
Does Trump have a favorite photographer? It would seem so, and that photographer would be New York Times photographer Doug Mills, a veteran photojournalist who has covered many administrations.
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