"Inside the Oval Office: An Intimate Evening with President George W. Bush's White House Photographer"
Experience some of the most pivotal events in recent times through the lens of President George W Bush’s Official White House Photographer. Visual historian, Eric Draper, had unfettered access to every moment of the presidency—public and private—and you are invited to share an evening of coffee, dessert and conversation with him. From 9-11 to Christmas dinner at Camp David, Eric silently observed it all. Now, he is ready to lift the curtain for you and share images and stories from his eight years in the White House.
Laugh, cry and feel inspired during this unique event where every moment of the Presidency and the history of eight years is revealed. Those years were nothing short of intriguing. Regardless of your political affiliation, an evening with a White House Photographer is not something quickly forgotten.
Act quickly, we don’t want you to miss out on this incredible experience. This event is being offered to the public. Only 32 tables are available.
Gold Level—Premium location table of 8 with 8 VIP reception tickets and 4 autographed “Front Row” coffee table books $1,000 (member price $800)
Silver Level—Reserved table of 8 with 2 VIP reception tickets and 1 autographed “Front Row” coffee table book $500 (member price $450)
Open seating tickets are $55 each or a pair for $90 with a member price $45/75.
A desert and coffee bar is included with your ticket and a cash bar will also be available.
The evening will equally feature all West Texas Photographers (SPPPA) members through visual displays as well as print. The idea is to help educate the community on the importance of professional photography as well as raising funds for our Texas School of Professional Photography Scholarships. Eric is bringing several unique prints autographed by Mr. Draper and the President which will be auctioned off as well.
Eric Draper served as President Bush’s chief photographer for the entire eight years of his presidency, photographing him daily in his activities at the office, abroad and in his personal life. 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.
Draper is currently a freelance political, corporate, and editorial photographer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he lives with his wife and two dogs. His clients include HP, the Mayo Clinic, the George W. Bush Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, Getty Images and individual clients, including many happy brides and grooms. He is an obsessive LA Laker fan.