The White House: The President’s Home in Photographs and History

By Vicki Goldberg, with a foreword by Mike McCurry

Lecture and Book Signing at Noon, December 14, 2011
William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives
7th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

This program is presented in partnership with the National Archives
Open free to the public

A new book, The White House: The President’s Home in Photographs and History, published by Little, Brown and Company in cooperation with the White House Historical Association looks at photography’s close association with the White House, its occupants, and the way the visual media presented them to the country over the past 200 years.

A hybrid of history and photographic criticism, the book touches on two-hundred years of history in America, the world, and photography, while tracing changing communications and a changing society. It is a mix of family and government, high position and housekeeping, private life and public image. Here is how the camera looked at the White House and its doings through the years, and how citizens had their curiosity tweaked, and sometimes slaked, about the place our presidents call home.

—Mike McCurry

Cover of Vicki Goldberg's "The White House: The President's Home in Photographs and History"
Author Vicki Goldberg is one of the leading voices in the field of photography criticism. Her book Photography in Print was selected as one of the five best books of all time on photography by the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Goldberg was a photography columnist for the New York Times and has written extensively for Vanity Fair, American Photographer and other magazines.

Mike McCurry who contributed the foreword, is a veteran political strategist with more than thirty years of experience in Washington, D.C. He served as press secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1998. He also serves as a member of the board of the White House Historical Association.

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The White House Historical Association was established in 1961 as a non-profit organization to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. All proceeds from its trusts publications and other items are used to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent collection, to assist in the preservation of the public rooms and further its educational mission.