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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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Stories by Douglas Graham:

Capitol Lens: Framing the Scene

Dec. 7, 2011

Photographers tend to see the world in terms of rectangles, the way our cameras see the world.

Capitol Lens: Christmas Past

Dec. 6, 2011

The first thing one notices about the 1913 edition of the Capitol Christmas Tree is that it lacks the robustness of its modern brethren.

Capitol Lens: Occupy Home Depot?

Dec. 5, 2011

Police moved into the Occupy DC camp at McPherson Square after the occupiers put up a wooden structure during the weekend with materials worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Capitol Lens: Down on the Corner

Dec. 2, 2011

Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin (left) grabs a quick word with

Republican colleague Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah in the Capitol

basement after the two had stepped out of the House Republican

Conference meeting Friday.

Capitol Lens: We Traverse Afar

Nov. 30, 2011

With the arrival of the Capitol Christmas tree this week, it makes sense that the three wise men wouldn’t be far behind.

Capitol Lens: Leaf Subsides to Leaf

Nov. 29, 2011

With Congress dragging its feet in getting back to work after the Thanksgiving break, the photo staff had to step outside into autumn to find images for the day’s coverage.

Capitol Lens: Tree Time

Nov. 28, 2011

Staff photographer Chris Maddaloni drew the assignment this year for shooting Monday’s arrival of the Capitol Christmas Tree, reprising a holiday role he played when he shot first lady Laura Bush with the White House tree in all of its yuletide splendor.

Capitol Lens: Turkey and Normalcy

Nov. 21, 2011

A Midwesterner, President Warren G. Harding was reportedly fond of knockwurst and sauerkraut. But for Thanksgiving, he went the traditional route.

Capitol Lens: Door of Perception

Nov. 18, 2011

This is a perfect encapsulation of the behind-closed-doors work of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Capitol Lens: Jefferson’s Gospel

Nov. 16, 2011

Thomas Jefferson’s esoteric religious views have been a source of historical debate for more than 200 years.

Capitol Lens: Undoing the Damage

Nov. 15, 2011

Netting is now in place in the Great Hall of Union Station in preparation for work to begin repairing damage caused by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the D.C. area in August.

Capitol Lens: Whistle-Stop Campaign

Nov. 14, 2011

William Howard Taft is seen here campaigning for president in 1908 from the rear car of a train in Iowa.

Capitol Lens: Over Here

Nov. 11, 2011

Robert Gallo, an Army veteran of World War II, attended the reopening celebration last week of the D.C. War Memorial.

Capitol Lens: Not-So-Secret Weapon

Nov. 9, 2011

Former Virginia Sen. George Allen took the opportunity to mug for Tom’s camera with little Billy Valentine at the Fairfax County Republican Committee election party Tuesday in Falls Church.

Capitol Lens: Backward Glance

Nov. 8, 2011

There is always another way to photograph the iconic Capitol Dome.

Capitol Lens: Drought Ends

Nov. 7, 2011

Tune Inn, the beloved Capitol Hill restaurant and bar, reopened Friday after months of renovations to repair damage caused by a fire in June.

Capitol Lens: Terry’s Toast

Nov. 4, 2011

Thursday night’s grand opening of the Hemingway Bar was a bust in terms of photography until Terry McAuliffe, political adviser and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, raised a glass of rum after he got the first drink poured at the new bar.

Capitol Lens: American Patriots

Nov. 2, 2011

Yes, indeed, ‘Go for broke’ is right. Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the ‘greatest generation,’ but I can’t think of a more important Congressional Gold Medal ceremony among the dozen or so that Roll Call has covered than this one Wednesday.

Capitol Lens: In a More Natural Light

Nov. 1, 2011

The Senate Reception Room in the Capitol is a great place to shoot because of the natural light that streams in from the windows.

Capitol Lens: Subtle Power

Oct. 31, 2011

Photos don’t always need to show some huge effort on the part of the photographer in order to resonate.

Capitol Lens: A Special Treat From the Attic

Oct. 28, 2011

Rep. John Mica is a fan of the archive photos that appear on Roll Call’s pages, so when he recently uncovered this image among his family’s papers, he decided to submit it for the holiday.

Capitol Lens: Shadow Play

Oct. 26, 2011

Bill gets the Stopper Award this week for a photo of House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson during a news conference. The image has a powerful impact that just makes you stop and look.

Capitol Lens: Capitol Crane

Oct. 25, 2011

On slow news days, we try to dig a little deeper to find nice moments that tell stories.

Capitol Lens: Anti-War Movement

Oct. 24, 2011

On Oct. 31, 1939, Col. Edwin Halsey handed a stack of letters pleading against entering World War II over to Vice President John Garner.

Capitol Lens: Tent City, USA

Oct. 21, 2011

Well, it would appear that, like the tea party, the Occupy Wall Street movement is here to stay.

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