Bush picks Eric Draper to document presidency

President Bush named Eric Draper of The Associated Press to be the next official White House photographer.

“I had a good relationship with his staff. I knew I had a chance,” Draper, 36, told the Albuquerque Tribune in a 17 Januray 2001 story. “But secondly, as a photographer and as a journalist, I feel it will be very rewarding to document something that is so historically important.”

Draper, 36, studied photojournalism at California State University at Long Beach. He worked for the Seattle Times, the Pasadena (Calif.) Star News and the Albuquerque Tribune.

Draper was named the AP’s West regional enterprise photographer in 1996.