The White House Through The Lens

A former White House photographer offered a behind the lens look at what goes on behind scenes in Washington DC politics during a presentation in Salina Wednesday night. Retired White House Press Corps member Mark Reinstein spoke at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Reinstein began as a freelance photographer for The Washington Star. He worked for Time magazine until he was assigned to cover the White House at the end of President Jimmy Carter’s term. He continued on the White House beat through President Bill Clinton’s term.

During his presentation, Reinstein showed a selection of his favorite photographs from each era, and shared anecdotes. The photos included everything from official White House events, to private impromptu moments. He told of meeting President Jimmy Carter along a jogging path, and following President Bill Clinton as he jogged and stopped at McDonald’s restaurants along the way. He also told of being the first photographer on the scene after the assassination attempt of President Reagan.

Some of Reinstein’s most recognized work involved White House scandals. He chronicled the scandal involving President Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky. He also is widely for known his photographs of Clinton Political consultant Dick Morris with a Washington prostitute, including photos of the prostitute holding a copy given to her by Morris of an upcoming Hillary Clinton speech.

The presentation was part of KWU’s sixth annual Media Reflections symposium. The two-day symposium concludes Thursday night with a presentation from former longtime television newsman Larry Hatteberg.