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Documenting the White House

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As part of FotoWeek DC, the White House News Photographers Association will host a panel discussion on covering the White House as a visual journalist and an official photographer. 

Sharon Farmer will moderate the discussion. Farmer has been a professional photojournalist and exhibition photographer for more than 40 years, shooting news stories, political campaigns, cultural events, conferences, and portraits. Over the years she has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Urban League, the Brookings Institution, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to name a few. She currently has work on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s exhibit “More Than a Picture.” 

Panelist AJ Chavar is a video journalist for the New York Times based in Washington, and a former WHNPA board member and Washington Post video journalist. His work, which has taken him inside tanks at the national aquarium and onboard Air Force One, has received the Edward R. Murrow award, been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Emmys, and the WHNPA. 

At the start of his career panelist Lawrence Jackson worked at The Virginian-Pilot for 10 years covering local sports, news and in-depth picture stories before joining the Associated Press in Boston in 2000. After a transfer in 2002 to Washington, DC- covering Capitol Hill, The White House and the major sports teams- he spent seven more years with the AP. In March of 2009 he became an Official White House Photographer under the Obama Administration where he stayed until January 2017. He started his freelance photography business, Lawrence Jackson Images, in March of this year covering editorial, corporate and portrait photography. 

Jacquelyn Martin is a staff photojournalist with the Associated Press in Washington, DC. Covering a diverse range of topics from the White House to enterprise features, she has circumnavigated the globe covering the Secretary of State and is the last photojournalist to have made an image of Nelson Mandela. She is a board member and past-president of the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), a non-profit that educates the public about the work of female photojournalists. Her work has been honored with awards from the White House News Photographer’s Association, NPPA, and the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW).

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