“Inauguration 1997” By Barbara Kinney
By Sara Sweetwood
“President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton were dressed and ready to attend the inaugural balls scheduled for that evening after the President had been sworn in for his second term earlier that day. The Clintons were in the East Room doing the final touches before an “official” portrait taken by another photographer when I took this candid photo of the couple. I’ve always liked the simple elegance of the photo, with the twinkling lights and the bright backlight from the other photographer’s set-up. It was a quiet moment before they spent the next few hours traveling from party to party, meeting thousands of supporters. Only recently did I notice the outstretched hands of both the Clintons and George Washington in the background painting.” – Barbara Kinney
About the Photograph:
This elegant, intimate capture is digitally scanned from an original print. It will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project’s 2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC. For more information about this auction, please visit: jhproject.org/benefit
About the Photographer:
Barbara Kinney is a photojournalist whose work has appeared on the covers of TIME, Newsweek, and People magazines. She was a White House photographer during the Clinton Administration and was Hilary Clinton’s campaign photographer during the 2008 Presidential primary elections. She has traveled internationally photographing projects for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, the Nike Foundation, CARE and the Eastern Congo Initiative. Kinney has served as staff photo editor at USA Today, Reuters, and the Seattle Times. She is a graduate of the William Allen School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. Kinney is currently based in Seattle, WA.
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