As a newspaper photographer, George Tames was a regular on Capitol Hill over a span of 40 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.
Scholarly citation: "George Tames, Washington Photographer for the New York Times," Oral History Interviews, January 1 to May 16, 1988, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
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