Michael Evans (photographer)
Evans in 1981
|Chief Official White House Photographer|
|Preceded by||David Hume Kennerly|
|Succeeded by||Pete Souza|
June 21, 1944|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 1, 2005
Atlanta Georgia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Linda Forde (m. 1967; div. 1975)
Story Shem (m. 1983–2005)
Michael Arthur Worden "Mike" Evans (21 June 1944 – 1 December 2005) was an American newspaper, magazine, and presidential photographer. He was President Ronald Reagan's personal photographer during his first term as president from 1981 through 1985. Evans is best remembered for his 1976 iconic photo of Ronald Reagan wearing a cowboy hat taken while Evans was working for Equus Magazine, that made the covers of many magazines in the week after Reagan's death in 2004. He was nominated for Pulitzer Prize while shooting for The New York Times.
Life and career
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Evans was the son of a Canadian diplomat, Arthur Worden Evans, and a registered nurse, Audrey Evans, née Grant-Dalton. Evans lived in Havana, Cuba, and Cape Town, South Africa, in his youth. His first job at the age of 15 was at the Port Hope Evening Guide in Ontario, Canada; then he worked as a photographer for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, The New York Times and Time magazine.
He began shooting Reagan as a photographer for Time, when Reagan first ran for the Republican nomination for President. Evans continued to document his political career, moving to Washington, D.C., in 1980 as the White House Photographer for four years.
In 1982 he founded The Portrait Project,” a nonprofit designed to photograph powerful people in Washington. Evans' portraits of 595 Washington personalities became a 1985 exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and a 1986 book People and Power: Portraits From the Federal Village.
After he left his job at the White House, Evans returned to Time as a contract photographer for several years. Evans later became the photographer editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, creating computer software for digital cataloguing systems.
Evans was a lifetime National Press Photographers Association Member and worked as the chief technical officer for ZUMA Press. Some notable photos by Evans include Nancy Reagan peering around the press room door with a birthday cake as a surprise for her husband, including images of the Reagan assassination attempt by John Hinckley.
Michael Evans married Linda Forde in 1967; they had three children and divorced in 1975. He later married Story Shem in 1983, a former Carter administration aide and founding partner of Arrive, a Washington communications firm. They had two children.
Evans died of cancer in his Atlanta home.
- Martin, Douglas (December 2, 2005). Michael Evans, Photographer Of Ronald Reagan, Dies at 61. New York Times.
- Rourke, Mary (December 3, 2005). Michael Evans, 61; His Photographs Chronicled Reagan's First Term. Los Angeles Times.
- McKiernan, Scott (January 2006). Tribute to Michael A. W. Evans. The Digital Journalist.
- Pierce, Bill (January 2006). Nuts & Bolts: Michael Evans. The Digital Journalist.
- Junker, Peter (December 1, 2005). NPPA Life Member Michael Evans, 61, Dies In Atlanta . National Press Photographers Association.
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