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Douglas Graham


Douglas Graham has been the photo editor for Roll Call since 2000, when he came over from Congressional Quarterly, where he cut his teeth on national politics. His career spans over 30 years as a staff and freelance editorial photographer. Life before political photojournalism had Graham covering national and international news, professional, Olympic and college-level sporting events. Doug has received numerous national and international photography awards. He holds first-place news photo awards in many categories from the Florida Press Association, World Press Photo Contest, Virginia Press Association, Virginia News Photographers Association, North Carolina Press Association, White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association.

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Capitol Lens: Christmas 1913

Nov. 25, 2012

A 40-foot Norway spruce set up on the East Front served as the Capitol Christmas tree in 1913. The tree was later adorned with red, white and blue electric bulbs. The 2012 version was harvested from the White River National Forest in Colorado and is scheduled to arrive in D.C. on Monday.

Capitol Lens: Celebration Mode

Nov. 7, 2012

Shayla Fugate revels in victory outside Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street Northwest after President Barack Obama clinched his bid for a second term on Tuesday night.

Capitol Lens: Yes Sir, That’s My Baby

Nov. 5, 2012

Kissing babies never goes out of style for presidential candidates. President Barack Obama gives a lift to a small listener after he addressed a crowd at the Carillon at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 25. GOP candidate Mitt Romney poses with a patriotically clad tyke at the Farm Bureau Center in Doswell, Va., on Nov. 1.

Capitol Lens: Autumn Leaves

Oct. 31, 2012

Before Sandy swept through town, autumn was ablaze at the National Arboretum in these photos taken with the Instagram app on the iPhone.

Capitol Lens: Picture This

Oct. 24, 2012

A young fan takes a photo of Sens. Scott Brown and John McCain onstage at a rally at Memorial Hall in Melrose, Mass. Brown, a Republican, is being challenged by Democratic Harvard University professor Elizabeth Warren, and McCain, an Arizona Republican, has been among his most helpful surrogates.

Capitol Lens: The Youth Vote

Oct. 22, 2012

Henry Dodge, who won’t be eligible to vote for another 16 years or so, kicks back after a rally at Memorial Hall in Melrose, Mass., for Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who is in a tight race with consumer activist and Harvard University professor Elizabeth Warren.

Capitol Lens: Obama Ground Game

Oct. 17, 2012

An Obama volunteer arrives to help in the late afternoon at the president’s Stark County, Ohio, campaign headquarters in Canton.

Capitol Lens: Remembering Specter

Oct. 15, 2012

Sen. Arlen Specter campaigns with first daughter Julie Nixon in South Philadelphia in 1972.

Capitol Lens: Before the Nats

Oct. 10, 2012

President Calvin Coolidge, with Washington Senators manager Bucky Harris on his right and New York Giants manager John McGraw on his left, posed with members of the two teams before a 1924 World Series game, the only title in Washington baseball history. Right: Joe Judge is called out at second base on a play during the 1925 World Series, won by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Senators.

Capitol Lens: Mountains and Clouds

Oct. 5, 2012

An Architect of the Capitol worker walks by visitors in the Hart Senate Office Building as they look up at the “Mountains and Clouds” sculpture in the atrium Friday.

Capitol Lens: Neighborhood Canvas

Oct. 3, 2012

Atlanta-based artist Alex Brewer, known as "HENSE," is working on a mural on the exterior of an empty church at Delaware Avenue and H Street Southwest, in collaboration with the Art Whino gallery. The work is expected to be completed next weekend for a showing and reception.

Capitol Lens: Campaign Stop

Oct. 1, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigns last week at the American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, Va., where he criticized pending defense cuts and called for better employment options for veterans.

Capitol Lens: Military Members

Sept. 21, 2012

From left: Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps; Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a captain in the Marine Corps Reserve; and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a captain in the Air National Guard, pose for a photo Thursday on the House steps of the Capitol.

Capitol Lens: Senate Solitude

Sept. 19, 2012

A staffer walks through the Russell Rotunda in the Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday, a day before Congress returned to work on the Hill. The halls have been quiet lately and will soon be again, as Congress heads toward its pre-election recess.

Capitol Lens: Talking It Over

Sept. 18, 2012

Rep. Trey Gowdy makes a phone call on the House side of the Capitol last week.

Capitol Lens: Let There Be Lights

Sept. 12, 2012

New traffic lights are the latest additions as work continues on Columbus Plaza and Circle. The District Department of Transportation in conjunction with the National Park Service and the Union Station Redevelopment Corp. began an 18-month reconstruction of Columbus Plaza and Massachusetts Avenue in front of Union Station last September.

Capitol Lens: Reflecting on 9/11

Sept. 11, 2012

Alec Taylor of Rhode Island was among those in attendance at the 9/11 Congressional Remembrance Ceremony on the East Front steps of the Capitol on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Capitol Lens: Kansas City Crew

Sept. 10, 2012

The 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas City, Mo., nominated President Gerald Ford, who was joined on the stage for a post-speech celebration by first lady Betty Ford, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and vice presidential candidate Bob Dole.

Capitol Lens: A Man Needs a Mermaid

Sept. 7, 2012

A mermaid was just one of the attractions at the "Spirits of Tampa" party sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council at the Florida Aquarium during the Republican National Convention.

Capitol Lens: Maybe He Can

Aug. 3, 2012

A supporter of President Barack Obama holds up a placard as the president delivers remarks during a campaign event Thursday at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Va.

Capitol Lens: Midwestern Chat

Aug. 1, 2012

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (left) speaks with Ohio GOP Sen. and vice presidential possibility Rob Portman in the Senate Reception room following the Senate Republicans’ policy lunch on Tuesday.

Capitol Lens: Go for the Green

July 31, 2012

Brothers Keegan and Connor Legge from Derwood, Md., play mini-golf at the Building Museum’s one-of-a-kind course, designed and built by leading architects in the Washington, D.C., area. The course is open until Sept. 3.

Capitol Lens: In the Stands With Sunny Jim

July 30, 2012

Seen here at a Washington Senators game, James S. Sherman was the 27th vice president of the United States, serving under William Howard Taft. A well-liked figure among his colleagues during his time in the House, Sherman was known all his life as “Sunny Jim.” In 1911, Sherman became the first VP to fly on a plane. He is also believed to be the first to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.

Capitol Lens: A Pirate Looks at 14

July 27, 2012

DC Sail’s Kids Set Sail summer camp was in midseason form last Wednesday, with a hearty crop of youthful jack-tars absorbing the finer points of sailing during a day on the Southwest Waterfront. The camp offers one-week courses for kids ages 7-14.

Capitol Lens: Tax Talk

July 25, 2012

New York Sen. Charles Schumer speaks with Democratic colleagues Tom Harkin of Iowa and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery office as they wait to start a news conference to discuss the Senate Republicans’ tax plan on Tuesday.

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