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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: Barrier 1, Truck 0

June 5, 2012

Capitol Police investigate an accident Tuesday involving a construction truck that ran into a security barrier on Independence Avenue at Second Street Southeast, near the Library of Congress. The police said no injuries were reported.

Capitol Lens: A Great Crusade

June 4, 2012

With Wednesday marking the 68th anniversary of D-Day, we dipped into the archives for this photo of former Sen. Bob Dole walking the grounds of the World War II Memorial in April 2004, when the dwindling ranks of WWII vets in Congress were given a tour of the memorial before it opened to the public. On April 14, 1945, Lt. Dole was severely wounded in northern Italy. While engaged in combat southwest of Bologna, Dole was hit by German machine gunfire in his back and right arm, leaving the arm paralyzed.

Capitol Lens: Play Ball

June 1, 2012

A sartorially suspect Rep. Sam Graves waits to take the field at a Republican practice at Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. Members have begun getting ready for the 51st Annual Congressional Baseball Game set for June 28 at Nationals Park.

Capitol Lens: Sidewalks of D.C.

May 30, 2012

As part of the Columbus Circle face-lift, workers were on the job Wednesday installing new sidewalks outside Union Station’s main entrance.

Capitol Lens: Memorial Day

May 29, 2012

Anita Kolen Hancock visits the grave of her father, Maj. Oleg Kolen, a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, after a Memorial Day ceremony at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.

Capitol Lens: Students and Teacher

May 23, 2012

Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse addresses a group of Close Up program students from the Ocean State on Wednesday in the Hart Senate Office Building Atrium.

Capitol Lens: Name Game

May 22, 2012

Like pawns in a chess game, Members’ nameplates sit in place for the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support markup of the defense authorization bill Tuesday.

Capitol Lens: In Honored Glory

May 21, 2012

Mr. Republican, Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio, pays tribute to fallen soldiers at the 1939 Memorial Day observance at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery a little more than three months before World War II began in Europe.

Capitol Lens: Soak Up the Sun

May 18, 2012

Alida Lettunich, a student from Mount Madonna High School in Santa Cruz, Calif., takes a sun break on the East Plaza of the Capitol following a meeting between students from her school and Rep. David Dreier on Thursday.

Capitol Lens: The Big Top

May 16, 2012

Is it a help-wanted ad or political commentary? Unemployed circus clown Tim Torkildson, aka Dusty the Clown, sits on a bench on the north side of the Capitol, holding a sign with a message that is open to interpretation.

Capitol Lens: For the Children

May 15, 2012

Jimmy Wayne, a former foster youth and now a spokesman for Court Appointed Special Advocates, performs in the House Ways and Means Committee hearing room in Longworth as part of a briefing in conjunction with First Focus, a children’s advocacy organization. Wayne is a country singer and the author of the novel “Paper Angels.”

Capitol Lens: Rat-a-Tat in the Rain

May 14, 2012

Stephen Bahr II of the Customs and Border Protection Pipes and Drums Band practices outside the Prettyman Courthouse before competing in the 10th Annual Honor Guard Competition at John Marshall Park at Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street Northwest. The competition was part of National Police Week 2012.

Capitol Lens: Institutional Memory

May 11, 2012

Bertie Bowman, hearing coordinator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, greets Chairman John Kerry before the start of a Thursday hearing on NATO. Bowman, one of the longest-serving African-Americans on the Capitol staff, is the author of “Step by Step: A Memoir of Hope, Friendship, Perseverance, and Living the American Dream,” which tells of his journey from a farm in the Jim Crow South to the halls of Congress.

Capitol Lens: On Call

May 9, 2012

Rep. Maxine Waters of California makes a phone call during a Tuesday news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building. Waters was joined by other Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee to express opposition to the House GOP’s version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.

Capitol Lens: Fight for the Right

May 8, 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Rock and Roll Reception” in the Longworth House Office Building on Tuesday featured Reps. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee and Collin Peterson of Minnesota with their bipartisan band, the 2nd Amendments.

Capitol Lens: Democratic Block Party

May 7, 2012

Yolanda Estrict, Johnnie Eva Estrict, a woman who wished not to give her name and Willie Estrict attend the Angel Laboy’s BBQ Block Party and campaign rally May 1 for Rep. Bill Pascrell in Passaic, N.J. Pascrell faces fellow Rep. Steven Rothman in a June 5 Democratic primary.

Capitol Lens: On Exhibit

May 4, 2012

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney does a meet and greet with voters at Exhibit Edge, a small business in Chantilly, Va., that provides services for trade shows and other exhibitors.

Capitol Lens: New York, New York

April 27, 2012

New York Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer sit in the Ohio Clock Corridor during a round of votes in the Senate.

Capitol Lens: Payne Remembered

April 25, 2012

The late Rep. Donald Payne speaks during the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2007. A memorial service for Payne, who died March 6, was held Wednesday in the Capitol.

Capitol Lens: Let There Be Light

April 24, 2012

The District Department of Transportation, 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 in September. As part of continuing work on the project, workers installed new lighting on Monday.

Capitol Lens: Remembrance Day

April 23, 2012

Speaker John Boehner, Holocaust survivor Helen Lebowitz Goldkind and Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Per Westerberg light a candle during the national commemoration of the Days of Remembrance in the Capitol Rotunda last week.

Capitol Lens: Graduation Day

April 20, 2012

Capitol Police K-9 tech Larry Bell touches his dog Jack’s graduation medallion and badge to his head after completing the 14-week training class Thursday. More than 150 officers applied for the five slots available in the unit.

Capitol Lens: Pressing the Flesh

April 18, 2012

This could be a Saturday Evening Post cover, with Matt Cartwright, Democratic challenger in Pennsylvania’s 17th district, greeting patrons at the Moosic Diner, between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

Capitol Lens: Look, Up in the Sky

April 17, 2012

Space shuttle Discovery — atop NASA’s shuttle carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 — makes one of several passes by the Capitol on Tuesday, ahead of the shuttle’s delivery to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., where it will be on permanent display.

Capitol Lens: Give ’Em Help

April 16, 2012

Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry S. Truman, congratulates future Sen. Chris Coons on being awarded a Truman Scholarship in 1983 at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo.

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