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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: Follow the Light

April 13, 2012

A visitor to the National Gallery of Art rides the moving walkway last week through the “Multiverse,” an LED sculpture by American artist Leo Villareal that spans the concourse between the gallery’s east and west buildings.

Capitol Lens: Tiptoe Through the Tulips

April 6, 2012

Tulips were in full bloom last week on the East Plaza in front of the Capitol, providing a scenic path for tourists flooding the District for spring break and for photographers with a little extra time on their hands during the Congressional recess.

Capitol Lens: Recess Reading

March 30, 2012

Kathleen Alvarez of the Secretary of the Senate’s office reads a book on the Senate steps after the last votes before Easter recess.

Capitol Lens: A Commemorative Photo

March 28, 2012

Rep. Phil Gingrey takes a photo of press assistant Amy Larkin on Wednesday outside the Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguments on the 2010 health care law.

Capitol Lens: Last-Minute Dash

March 27, 2012

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) runs across the plaza in front of the Supreme Court at 9:59 a.m. Tuesday as he rushed to get inside in time for the 10 a.m. start of oral arguments on the 2010 health care law.

Capitol Lens: Waiting Room

March 26, 2012

From left: The Rev. Rob Schenck and the Rev. Myke Crowder of the National Clergy Council, and the Rev. Paul Schenck wait in line Monday outside the Supreme Court for the first day of oral arguments in the case of Florida v. Health and Human Services, which could determine the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law.

Capitol Lens: Keeping Watch

March 23, 2012

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy checks his smartphone on the House steps under the watchful eye of an unidentified observer.

Capitol Lens: Man in the Mirror

March 21, 2012

Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad takes one last look before facing the cameras at his Tuesday news conference on setting fiscal 2013 spending levels.

Capitol Lens: Honest Relaxation

March 20, 2012

With cherry blossoms in full bloom, visitors to Washington, D.C., are also peaking. Here, two women take in the views and enjoy the sunshine on the west side of the Lincoln Memorial.

Capitol Lens: Second Sight

March 19, 2012

We had planned to photograph the Harlem Globetrotters dribbling basketballs across Arlington Memorial Bridge as the tipoff to “Globetrotter Week” in Washington, D.C. But at the last second, the team decided to use Key Bridge instead, so we did not get that shot. But necessity is the mother of invention, so Tom shot this colorfully dressed woman from across five lanes of traffic.

Capitol Lens: Libertarian Reflections

March 16, 2012

Emily Dedmon, 14, an eighth-grader from Lutheran South Academy in Houston, listens to a talk by Sen. Rand Paul in Upper Senate Park. Paul’s niece and nephew are in Dedmon’s class.

Capitol Lens: The Eyes Have It

March 14, 2012

Washington Sen. Patty Murray talks with her staff Tuesday in the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol following the weekly Democratic luncheon.

Capitol Lens: Finishing Touches

March 13, 2012

The House Financial Services Committee hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building gets a fresh coat of paint as earthquake damage repair work is completed this week.

Capitol Lens: Looking Forward to ’40

March 12, 2012

Full of confidence as they looked ahead to the 1940 elections, Republicans gathered on April 20 that year for a dinner at which they forecast victory in the coming presidential election.

Capitol Lens: Signs of Spring

March 9, 2012

Japanese magnolias are beginning to bloom around the Capitol, a sure indicator that cherry blossoms will soon follow as the weather warms and the National Cherry Blossom Festival centennial celebration approaches.

Capitol Lens: GOP Team

March 7, 2012

With Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in front, the Senate Republican leadership team — (from left) Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota, Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming and Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri — emerged from the caucus lunch Tuesday to talk with the press.

Capitol Lens: In Step

March 6, 2012

It appears as if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dancing with House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as the two greet each other in Statuary Hall on Tuesday.

Capitol Lens: Stair Masters

March 5, 2012

This shot of GOP Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John McCain on their way to a news conference Thursday to unveil cybersecurity legislation caught everyone’s eyes, but it had to wait a few days to get into the paper.

Capitol Lens: Pack Journalism

March 2, 2012

Looks like business as usual on Capitol Hill as Cub Scouts from Pack 301 in Alexandria, Va., demonstrate to the press corps in the Senate Studio that they know exactly how to run a news conference — with maybe even a bit more order than the usual suspects.

Capitol Lens: Rock of Ages

Feb. 29, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (clockwise from top), Rep. John Lewis and the Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House, congregate near a sandstone marker unveiled Tuesday in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Emancipation Hall commemorating the role of slave labor in the construction of the Capitol.

Capitol Lens: Mother and Son

Feb. 28, 2012

Rand Paul is captured here during the simple task of helping his mother, Carol — wife of a House Member and mother of the Senator — from the Senate subway. The best photojournalism can be the everyday things that we take for granted. When those quiet occasions are frozen in time by the camera and we have a chance to study them, they become really special moments.

Capitol Lens: On Capitol Hill

Feb. 27, 2012

Roll Call photographer Bill Clark claimed three “Awards of Excellence” and a second place for the “On Capitol Hill” category in the White House News Photographers Association Eyes of History 2012 competition. One winning shot included then-CIA Director Leon Panetta, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and FBI Director Robert Mueller before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Capitol Lens: Blast From the Past

Feb. 24, 2012

With Congress on recess, Roll Call photographers drifted off campus and up to the new venue in town — the Hamilton — where rocker Eddie Money was performing. Tom Williams came away with this classic photo of the famed rocker from the ’70s and ’80s.

Capitol Lens: Boehner Backstage

Feb. 17, 2012

Enter stage right: Speaker John Boehner waits his turn in the shadows at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. He was attending an event hosted by General Electric titled “American Competitiveness: What Works” on manufacturing, job creation and global competition.

Capitol Lens: Symbolic Boxes

Feb. 15, 2012

In the old days, interest groups delivering piles of petitions with signatures to lawmakers had to lug heavy boxes into the Capitol. No more.

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