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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: Tough Day at Work

Feb. 14, 2012

While telling the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that “this can’t just be about cuts,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defended the Obama administration’s planned reductions in Pentagon spending while saying he had made no plans to deal with the effects of automatic cuts set to begin in 2013.

Capitol Lens: Q & A

Feb. 13, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Joe Robinson, an Arkansas Democrat, laid out the agenda for 1937 at the year’s first news conference Jan. 2. Some things never change — one of the issues Robinson discussed was balancing the budget.

Capitol Lens: Rush Job

Feb. 10, 2012

The Conservative Political Action Conference held last week at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel was a magnet for conservative celebrities. But the stars couldn’t be everywhere all the time, so this cardboard cutout of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was set up in a side hallway for passers-by who wanted to snap a photo but never ran across the real deal.

Capitol Lens: Senate Eye-Opener

Feb. 8, 2012

Bleary-eyed Democratic Senate leaders (from left) Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray and Harry Reid wait their turn at the lectern following the weekly policy luncheons Tuesday.

Capitol Lens: A Contrast in Countenance

Feb. 7, 2012

Sometimes, news photographs come together just because the subject happens to stand in the right place at the right time

Capitol Lens: 10 Years Ago Today

Feb. 6, 2012

It’s been a decade since Rep. Billy Tauzin grilled Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling.

Capitol Lens: Room With a View

Feb. 3, 2012

The high-ceilinged House Ways and Means Committee room hosted a markup Friday of a Republican energy and infrastructure bill, giving lawmakers plenty of room to air their views on the controversial topic.

Capitol Lens: 100 and Counting

Feb. 1, 2012

This Brownie, from Troop 259 in Maryland, was not entirely enjoying Wednesday’s festivities in the Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room celebrating the centennial of the Girl Scouts. The event featured speeches by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Capitol Lens: Catching the Gleam

Jan. 31, 2012

We love how this photo looks like a jigsaw puzzle and also how the entire frame is in silhouette with the exception of the flag catching a beam of light just below where Steven Graham of the Architect of the Capitol’s tree division does a little pre-spring pruning of the red oak trees in Upper Senate Park.

Capitol Lens: Year of the Dragon

Jan. 30, 2012

Members of the New World Bilingual Institute at George Mason University line up with their dragon Sunday for the annual Chinese New Year parade in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown. Jan. 23 marked the beginning of the year 4709, the year of the dragon.

Capitol Lens: Hill Royalty

Jan. 27, 2012

Miss Collegiate America 2011 Shannon Folsom and Miss High School America 2011 Summer Priester rode the escalator to the Senate Subway on Thursday on their way out of the Capitol, getting more attention from reporters than some Senators who pass through on a regular basis.

Capitol Lens: Goodbye, Gabby

Jan. 25, 2012

President Barack Obama bid a fond farewell to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords prior to his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The hug was merely a prelude to an emotional Wednesday on the House floor, when the Arizona Democrat submitted her resignation.

Capitol Lens: Happy Together

Jan. 24, 2012

There is a lot going on in this photo from last year’s State of the Union address. President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union address had a different look and feel from others of the modern era.

Capitol Lens: Signs of the Times

Jan. 23, 2012

The 2007 March for Life, which moved up the Mall to the Supreme Court, encountered the same sort of damp and icy conditions that prevailed Monday, which was the 39th anniversary of the court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Capitol Lens: On the Phone

Jan. 20, 2012

Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp takes a call in the basement of the Capitol last week. The freshman lawmaker, a member of the Agriculture Committee, is also a farmer and rancher — the boots are a dead giveaway.

Capitol Lens: The Book Business

Jan. 18, 2012

House Minority Leader (and newspaper publisher) Bertrand Snell of New York condemned the sale to corporations of books about the Democratic National Convention.

Capitol Lens: Senate Face-Lift

Jan. 17, 2012

While Senators were home repairing political fences in the midst of the Great Depression, workmen were busy repairing the Senate Chamber, which underwent a thorough painting and renovation in late 1937.

Capitol Lens: Puttin’ on the Rinse

Jan. 13, 2012

The House returns today, but crews were out last week shining up the Capitol in anticipation of the lawmakers’ return.

Capitol Lens: D.C. Units Off to Afghanistan

Jan. 6, 2012

The 273rd Military Police Company and 121st MP Detachment are headed to Afghanistan. Here, 1st Lt. Randolph McGeorge steals a few last moments with his girlfriend, Stephanie Bollheimer, at the District’s National Guard Armory.

Capitol Lens: Sign of the Times

Dec. 19, 2011

Rick Hohensee is a fixture on the Hill these days, with his sign that somewhat obscurely promotes replacing the Department of Education with an ABC.gov website.

Capitol Lens: These Be Thy Gods

Dec. 16, 2011

Occupy Faith DC protesters took a page out of Exodus last week in attempting — unsuccessfully — to deliver to Speaker John Boehner a golden calf.

Capitol Lens: Looking for Answers

Dec. 14, 2011

Oh, when are they going to go home? That was the question on the minds of many in attendance as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid answered questions after the Senate Democrats’ policy lunch Tuesday.

Capitol Lens: A Solution in the Shadows

Dec. 13, 2011

Only the shadow knows what will make this Congress work: These 10 men seem to think they have the answer as they kick off a Tuesday event in the Cannon House Office Building hosted by No Labels to announce a 12-point action plan called “Make Congress Work.”

Capitol Lens: Time Is Not on Our Side

Dec. 12, 2011

We just loved this photo from last week’s news conference with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, as the Wisconsin Republican unveiled a package of legislative reforms designed “to repair the broken budget process.”

Capitol Lens: Say Cheese

Dec. 9, 2011

There’s just something about the Capitol that makes tourists want to leap. Visitors hamming for the camera on the Capitol grounds create great shots like this one on the East Front.

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