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DIANA WALKER

Photographer
TIME Magazine

Diana Walker's first photographs for TIME appeared in the magazine in 1976. She became a contract photographer for the magazine in 1979, doing general assignments. After covering Walter Mondale's presidential campaign in 1984, she became one of Time's two White House photographers covering Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. On the White House beat, she has traveled widely, photographing summit meetings, diplomatic missions, and international crises. Walker's work in black and white, behind-the-scenes photography has been particularly noted. Her photographs also have appeared world-wide in such publications as Paris Match, Vanity Fair, People, Life, New York Magazine, and Stern. In addition to her political work, she has covered important newsmakers including Vladimir Horowitz, Steve Jobs, and Corazon Aquino, TIME'S 1986 Woman of the Year.

2002 saw the release of Walker's book "Public & Private: Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency" published by National Geographic Books. A retrospective exhibition, "Diana Walker: Photojournalist" opened at the National Museum of American History in the fall of 2003. The show will begin to travel in the fall of 2004 as an exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services across the country. As a change of pace, Walker's photographs have illustrated two books on adopting dogs by Elise Lufkin: FOUND DOGS, (Howell Book House, Macmillan, 1997) and SECOND CHANCES, (Lyons Press, 2003). Her most recent solo exhibits in private galleries have been at the Leica Gallery in New York, and the Sandra Berler Gallery in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her archives will reside at the Center for American History at the University of Texas.

A graduate of Briarcliff College, where she majored in drama, Walker spent ten years in the retail dress business before deciding to pursue a career in photography - her life-long hobby. After photographing everything from weddings and bar mitzvahs to book jackets and portraits, Walker began freelancing for the Washington Monthly, the Village Voice, Business Week, PEOPLE and Fortune Magazine, prior to joining TIME.

Walker's work has garnered prizes and awards from the White House News Photographers Association, the National Press Photographers Association, and Page One Awards. She was the 1991 recipient of a first prize award from World Press Photo for her photograph of former President George Bush with the troops in Saudi Arabia. In October, 2003, she was awarded by the National Portrait Gallery the Paul Peck Presidential Award for interpretation and portrayal of the Presidency.

A native of Washington, D.C., Walker lives in the nation's capitol with her husband, Mallory, and has two sons and two grand children. She continues as a contract photographer for TIME magazine.

       
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