WH Photographer Offers "Front Row Seat" to Bush Presidency

Ashley Brooks

4/1/2013 4:50:00 PM - Ashley Brooks
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.