Photographing Secretary Clinton at the State Department is like observing a moose in the wild. You’re really hoping to see it do something interesting like get into a fight with a bear or go for a swim or don a top hat and perform a musical number- but mostly it just stands around grazing. Secretary Clinton mostly attends meetings and press conferences and smiles her diplomatic smile- there are no bear fights or pool parties or musical numbers.
That being said, this assignment was still a dream come true for me. Some of you folks may know that I majored in international affairs and for many years had every intention of joining the Foreign Service and becoming a career diplomat. Photojournalism and a few other things changed my mind along the way, but I am still a huge foreign policy geek. Shadowing the country’s chief diplomat and sitting in on important meetings and watching ambassadors get sworn in was just the tops.
The following is a handful of pictures from my day-in-the-life with Hillary. The full essay can be found on my website under Recent Work. An extra full non-essay edit can be found in my Photoshelter archives.
Thanks for looking.