THE WHITE HOUSE: An Intimate First Family Portfolio

On the hot August afternoon when Gerald Ford was sworn in as the President of the U.S., he declared: "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over." For one of Washington's top freelance photographers, Fred Ward, the event had a particular impact. Says he: "Suddenly the entire atmosphere changed. People who hadn't smiled in years were smiling—everyone was smiling!" Ward decided to try to capture the new mood in the capital through images of the happy, informal Ford household itself. The President took to the idea. Remarkably unself-conscious about being photographed,...

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