The Digital Journalist
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One of the challenges in my field is overcoming the familiar. I've covered the White House now for over 30 years, and have been in and out of the Oval Office thousands of times. The trick is how to make a different picture in a place that you know so well. The answer is always right in front of your eyes, and it's just a matter of seeing it! When Time magazine chose President Reagan as their "Man of the Year" in 1982, I was assigned to the story. They needed a strong lead picture of him at work in the Oval Office and, naturally, wanted something unusual, "something we haven't seen." I came up with a solution. When I suggested to Reagan's staff that I photograph him at work through the open door of the Oval Office, rather than throw me out on my ear, they cooperated (as did he), and voila! - a new angle was born.