Eric Draper

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Eric Draper

Eric Draper is an American news photographer and worked as the White House Photo Director and personal photographer for U.S. President George W. Bush.[1]

Biography & Career[edit]

Draper worked for the Associated Press as a news photographer prior to joining the White House.His many assignments included the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns, the 2000 Summer Olympics [2] in Sydney, Australia, the Kosovo conflict [3] in 1999 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup [4] in France.

Over the years, Draper has also worked as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times, the Pasadena Star-News and the Albuquerque Tribune.[5]

Draper is a graduate of Cerritos College[6] and California State University, Long Beach.[7]


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 for "Seeing Through the Flames," which covered the 1992 Los Angeles riots.[8]


In April 2013, Draper released his collection of photos in his book, "Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush." The book presents a behind-the-scenes view of the presidency of George W. Bush. Through Draper’s lens, we follow Bush through everyday moments to moments of crisis of September 11, 2001. Time's LightBox said, "Draper’s portrait of Bush is authentic."[9] The Washington Post noted, "Draper's book provides a unique and intimate look into his relationship with former President George W. Bush over eight dramatic years that changed America." [10]


Draper lives in New Mexico where is now a freelance political, corporate and editorial photographer. He lives with his wife and two dogs, and is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "White House Photo Director Eric Draper". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  2. ^ "SLAM! Sports: 2000 Summer Games Photo Gallery". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Kosovo refugees wait for vaccinations at a Macedonian camp". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  4. ^ "SLAM! Photo gallery". Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  5. ^ a b "White House Photo Director Eric Draper". Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Cerritos College - Cerritos College News Release March 2014". Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  7. ^ "College of Liberal Arts, CSULB  » Blog Archive  » Alumni Event: An Evening with Eric Draper, White House photographer and CSULB Journalism alum". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Photo Editors Who Made a Difference". Lens Blog. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  9. ^ Calabresi, Massimo. "Front Row Seat: Eric Draper on George W. Bush". Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  10. ^ Grann, Nathaniel (2013-04-25). ""Front Row Seat: A photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush" by Eric Draper". The Washington Post (in en-US). ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-11-17.