Okamoto Yoichi: First U.S. Presidential Photographer
Presidential photographers are not as historic a concept as one might think. The first appointed presidential photographer in the U.S. was Yoichi Okamoto under the LBJ campaign. His photographs offered civilians a closer look at their president and was offered with such care + attention from Okamoto that is clearly seen in his work.
The photos above show Johnson meeting with South Vietnam president Ngo Dinh Diem. This intimate approach from Okamoto was unheard of in the White House. Giving him access to the President no one else had, we can see the bond they shared and the importance of archival photos. Okamoto’s access can only be matched by Obama’s appointed photographer, Pete Souza.
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