Not many Americans ever have the opportunity to be in the president’s presence for more than just a few moments, let alone take up-close, candid photographs. However, for eight years, photographer Eric Draper had unparalleled access to former President George W. Bush.

Draper has released a book titled "Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush" that displays a handful of the more than four million photos he took as chief White House photographer.

In an interview with ABC News Sunday, Draper discussed his time photographing the former president:

"My job was not to be a distraction. My job was to purely document," Draper told ABC. "That was a very unique role in the White House, to have that much access to the president not to be a participant in the meetings, but to be an observer."

Draper photographs range from "surprise, unscripted moments" like reactions to the 9/11 attack, to more intimate, personal moments between the former president and his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush.

Head over to the Daily Mail to see more of Eric Draper’s photographs.


Ashley Brooks

Ashley Brooks is a Townhall Editorial Intern.