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Capturing moments of history

White House News Photographers Association exhibits seldom seen images of the presidents

White House News Photographers Association exhibits seldom seen images of the presidents

March 29, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

FREDERICK, Md. -- The U.S. presidents haven't been just leaders of a powerful nation. They have been husbands and fathers, and sometimes they have just been average guys.

Such seldom seen images as these, as well as photographs of political leaders wielding power, are among more than 50 that will be on display starting Saturday in an exhibit at Frederick Community College.

The photographs on display in "Executive Functioning: Through the Eyes of History" were taken by members of the White House News Photographers Association.

Four years ago, the association began taking inventory of winning entries in its annual contest, "The Eyes of History," said Jon Elswick. Elswick, of Frederick, Md., is a WHNPA executive board member and photo editor for The Associated Press. Many of the photos on exhibit were selected from WHNPA's inventory.

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The show includes the political photo of the year for 2009 -- a shot of Barack Obama before he walked out of the Capitol for his inauguration.

Elswick and his wife, Heidi, who is WHNPA executive director, will be at the opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit will be open through Thursday, April 30.

The Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery is in the lobby outside the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater in FCC's Arts & Student Center (F Building). FCC is at 7932 Opossumtown Pike off U.S. 15.

Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information about the White House News Photographers Association, go to www.whnpa.org

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