Landscape Photograph by Tipper Gore
Tipper Gore, former second lady of the United States, first developed an interest in photography in the early 1970s. In a 2006 interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she said that she took a course in photography at Nashville State Technical Institute taught by then chief photographer for the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. She went on to take a part-time position in the paper’s photo lab developing film for the staff photographers. She later had her photographs published in the paper. She worked at the paper until her husband, former Vice President Al Gore, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1976.
When asked in the Post-Gazette interview how she judges the value of a photo, she replied:
“It speaks to you. I mean, there are a lot of visual elements that need to be in a good photograph, but also there are photographs that are just powerful. They have a strong emotional component, and they resonate with more than one person.”
In 1996 Tipper Gore published a book of her photographs called Picture This: A Visual Diary. In 1999 she produced Homeless in America, a photography exhibit which toured the nation with assistance from the National Mental Health Association (NMHA). The images from the exhibit were published in the book The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America. She spoke about homelessness and the exhibit at a November 1999 National Press Club event.
View Tipper Gore’s full portfolio of photographs at http://tippergore.com/.
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