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Photographing President Carter Then and Now

Photographer Jay Bryant with President Jimmy Carter on Bryant's final day as an intern at the White House in August of 1978.
Photographer Jay Bryant with President Jimmy Carter on Bryant’s final day as an intern at the White House in August of 1978.

 
Thirty-six years ago, photographer Jay Bryant was a college student at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and he worked as a summer intern at the White House with President Carter. He spent the summer of 1978 photographing the President, First Lady, Vice President and other politicians and visitors.

All of the images he shot are now in Carter’s Presidential Library in Atlanta.

“I went onto to spend almost 20 years as a newspaper photographer and never had the chance to shoot President Carter again until he came to Princeton today,” Bryant said. “I was thrilled to have the President sign the print that has been in my office all of these years.”

Photographer Jay Bryant of West Windsor at the Jimmy Carter talk at the Princeton University Chapel today.
Photographer Jay Bryant of West Windsor at the Jimmy Carter talk at the Princeton University Chapel today.
Bryant captures Carter's smile at Princeton University.
One of several photos Bryant took of Carter at Princeton University today.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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