Pete Souza has built a very impressive photography team for the White House.
Alice Gabriner, who was the acting DOP at TIME, will be his chief(?) (not really sure on the title) photo editor.
Jennifer Poggi, formerly of U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT (who has just completed a Knight's Fellowship at Ohio University), and veteran Washington player (as both a photographer and an editor) Rick McKay will be the deputy photo editors.
Photographer-wise you've got Chuck Kennedy, who had most recently scored with the close-up Obama swearing-in, Samantha Appleton, a former contract photographer at TIME, and Lawrence Jackson.
So, this is great and all, but... shouldn't all of these talented people be working in the private sector?
For the last few months there has been a lot of idle talk about creating a new Farm Security Administration. There's been a running debate on who will be the next Roy Stryker.
Now, I know everyone is excited to be working in the White House, and I certainly don't want to belittled that in anyway. I'm just saying, with the quality of people we're talking about, you'd think there would be something in the private sector that would entice them enough to stay.
Of course, we all know there really isn't.
So, with such a great staff, is there any reason for the magazines to continue paying the huge costs associated with having their own photographer covering the White House?
They (the publishers) aren't going to get any better access than Pete (or his team), and the government pays the freight. This is not only free, but the highest quality work you can imagine.
Now, once we have the new FSA in place, why would anyone pay for photography of our nation's financial crisis?
I think it's called the Law of Unintended Consequences (or something like that)
Nobody wants to subsidize the magazine publishers (they've gotten themselves into this situation), but we will. The publishers in turn, will (continue to) fire the editors that they no longer need, and not hire the photographers that they normally would to create great images.
Meanwhile, the same publishers who are suing people that link to "their" content, met with Google recently in an attempt to manipulate your search results.
So, who do you think should be the new Roy Stryker?