Eric Draper served as President George W. Bush’s chief White House photographer for the entire eight years of his presidency. Draper was named Special Assistant to the President and is the first White House photographer to be named a commissioned officer to a U.S. president. Also during his tenure, Draper directed the photographic and archival conversion of the White House Photo Office from film to digital and took nearly 1 million photos documenting the presidency.
Prior to joining the White House, Draper was West Regional Enterprise Photographer for the Associated Press. In eight years with the AP, Draper covered an array of domestic and international news and sports. Draper has also worked as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times, the Pasadena Star-News, and the Albuquerque Tribune. He won the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Award for three consecutive years, the 1999 National Headliner Award and was named 1992 Photographer of the Year by Scripps Howard Newspapers. He is the author of Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush published by the University of Texas Press.
Draper is currently a freelance corporate, and editorial photographer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he lives with his wife and three dogs. He is an obsessive LA Laker fan.
Front Row Seat to History: A Visual Narrative of the Presidency of George W. Bush
Experience some of the most iconic events in recent times through the lens of Eric Draper, President George W. Bush’s Chief White House Photographer. Draper shares his unique perspective of the Presidency with intimate and never-before-seen photos during the eight years of the Bush White House. His amazing stories and stunning photographs reveal the intimacy, humor, empathy, and at times sorrow behind a man and leader of the
9/11: Presidential Leadership in a time of Crisis
Everyone can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. Eric Draper, Chief White House photographer for President George W. Bush, was among a handful of White House staff who witnessed that day from the president’s perspective. From the moment American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. and the days that followed. Draper documented the 43rd president’s every move
and emotion. From the classroom in Sarasota, Florida to Air Force One to the Bull Horn moment on top of the rubble at Ground Zero. Using pictures and words, Draper will tell the story of a president determined to protect the American people and the homeland.