Photographer Diana Walker has been a contract photographer for Time magazine since
1979. She served as one of Time’s two White House photographers during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. She covered the campaigns of Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, specializing in her behind the scenes black and white images for which she is so well-known.
Walker has done two books of her photographs with National Geographic Books: THE BIGGER PICTURE: 30 Years of Portraits, Foreword by Ann Tyler (2007), and PUBLIC & PRIVATE: Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency, Foreword by Michael Beschloss (2002). Her work covering the presidency has also been reproduced in many top European magazines, including Paris Match, Stern and the London Sunday Times. She has done many features over the years for People magazine, The Washingtonian, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, and The Village Voice.
Walker has won numerous awards from World Press, the White House News Photographers Association, and the National Press Photographers Association. She received the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 2003 Paul Peck Award for her interpretation and portrayal of the Presidency. Her photographs are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which honored her with a retrospective of her work, “Diana Walker/Photojournalist” in 2003. An exhibition from that retrospective continues to travel in the United States under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit Service. Walker’s archive has been donated to the American History Center of the University of Texas, Austin.
Diana Walker has collaborated with author Elise Lufkin on her well-known books about the joys of adopting dogs, FOUND DOGS (Howell Books, 1997; Lyons Press, 2005), and SECOND CHANCES (2003). A third book on rescued dogs with Lufkin will be published in the fall of 2009, TO THE RESCUE. Her photographs were also featured with thirteen American photographers in THE WAY HOME: Ending Homelessness in America, a book and a traveling exhibit conceived and organized by Tipper Gore.
Walker is represented by the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington and in New York by the Howard Greenberg Gallery. She continues to work for Time from time to time, having gone out at key moments to cover Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. She and her husband Mallory live in Washington DC.