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George Tames
Washington Photography for the New York Times (1945-1985)

As a newspaper photographer, George Tames was a regular on Capitol Hill over a span of forty years.  He developed access to and captured the likeness of numerous members of Congress, and had his work reproduced in many influential publications.  He developed a style contrary to the "herd instinct" of press photographers, demonstrating his artistic eye, sense of place, and special intimacy with his subjects.  In these interviews he relates some of the stories behind his most memorable photographs and offers his perspective of the Senate through a camera's lens.

Table of Contents:
1) Introduction to the Hill
2) A Creature of the New York Times
3) The View from the Press Gallery
4) Competing with Television
5) The Story Behind the Photograph
George Tames, Photographer
Citation: Scholarly citation: "George Tames, Washington Photographer for the New York Times," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, George Tames, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews on January 13, January 20, March 8, April 27, and May 16, 1988. I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tapes and transcripts in such a manner as may best serve the educational and historical objectives of their oral history program.  I also approve the deposit of the transcripts at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Senate Library, and any other institution which the Senate Historical Office may deem appropriate. In making this gift, I voluntarily convey ownership of the tapes and transcripts to the public domain. George Tames Accepted on Behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker

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