As Christopher Cadelago writes for Politico Magazine , New York Times photographer Doug Mills has found a new, perhaps surprising admirer in President Donald Trump: For all his cries of “fake news,” the image-obsessed 45th president has repeatedly praised Mills’ work—even bragging about him to world leaders and requesting prints of his photos. But Mills isn’t new to the White House beat. He has photographed six presidents over the course of three decades, going back to Ronald Reagan. Along the way, he has earned the trust of his subjects (he was a regular at President George H.W. Bush’s horseshoe games) and captured many memorable images—like those featured below. Covering the White House can be stifling, but Mills has pushed the limits of his environments, negotiating for better access and creative ways to frame his shots. His dedication to the White House beat has made him a witness to history, too, as when he photographed the moment that President George W. Bush learned about the 9/11 attacks.
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