Between his legislative duties as the senior senator from Vermont, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate president pro tem, Patrick J. Leahy can often be spotted behind the lens of a camera.
Over the years, the Vermont Democrat has captured numerous historical moments, and now 50 of those photographs are on display in Washington, D.C.
On Monday, the Georgetown University Law Center unveiled a six-week exhibition of Leahy’s photographs titled, “World Leaders & Global Citizens, Photographs by Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator.”
Leahy’s photographs will be on display on the second floor of the Hotung International Law Building until Oct. 19. Anyone interested in visiting the exhibit should email firstname.lastname@example.org. The current exhibit is on display in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Leahy’s graduation from Georgetown Law.
“The difference between [Leahy’s] photos and those of a photojournalist is a matter of perspective,” Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont, said in a release. “For instance, no commercial photographer will ever stand behind a president of the United States and preserve for all time the act of signing, the document being signed and the signature itself.”
Leahy’s unique vantage point has resulted in one-of-a-kind photographs that have also been published in the pages of Roll Call.
“I started taking pictures when I was a little kid, and I’ve kept a camera with me ever since,” Leahy told Roll Call in 2008.
After the exhibition closes at Georgetown Law, the photos will be displayed at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.