Yoichi Okamoto

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Yoichi Okamoto
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Okamoto photographing himself in the mirror at the L.B.J. Ranch in Stonewall, Tex. Jan. 2, 1964.
Chief Official White House Photographer
In office
1963–1969
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by Cecil W. Stoughton
Succeeded by Oliver F. Atkins
Personal details
Born Yoichi R. Okamoto
(1915-07-05)July 5, 1915
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Died April 24, 1985(1985-04-24) (aged 69)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Photojournalist

Yoichi R. Okamoto (July 5, 1915 – April 24, 1985)[1] was the first official U.S. presidential photographer, serving Lyndon B. Johnson. He was fondly known as "Oke", and was given unprecedented access to the Oval Office.[2] He captured images of the President of the United States, more candid than had been previously acceptable.

Life and work[edit]

Because of his ability to be present at almost any event, more photos of the Johnson presidency are available than from any earlier term of office. The 1990 coffee table book LBJ: The White House Years[3] by Harry Middleton consists primarily of images taken by Okamoto.

Okamoto was a native of Yonkers, New York. He attended Colgate University and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He died at his own hand, hanging himself in his Bethesda, Maryland home, at the age of 69.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Picturing the Century,"[1]"
  2. ^ PBS, The President's Photographer 50 Years in the Oval Office,"[2]"
  3. ^ Washington Post, Personalities by Chuck Conconi, March 30, 1990,"

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