Date of Lecture: 2008-11-07
Dennis Brack has covered the Washington, D.C. beat for the Black Star Agency for more than three decades. Brack is one of the six members of the standing committee of the United States Press Photographers Gallery. He is also serving his third term as President of the White House News Photographers Association.
Throughout his career Brack has covered; several Presidential electoral campaigns, anti-war demonstrations, the Watergate hearings and the Civil Rights March on Washington. He has accompanied and photographed every president since Lyndon B. Johnson on summit meetings and international trips as well as such personalities as the Beatles, Elton John, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Ralph Abernathy, Jesse Jackson, Muhammad Ali, I.M. Pei, Fidel Castro, Anwar Sadat, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
As the Time Washington bureau photographer, Brack averaged one published photograph in the magazine a week, for twenty-two years. He has won awards from the National Newspaper Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association and the World Press Association.
With almost 15,000 photographs in the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, Dennis Brack is by far the most heavily represented. The 300,000 black and white photographs were produced between 1930 and 1980 by some of North America’s most influential photographers.