David Valdez learned photography in the U.S. Air Force before earning a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland. While still a student, Valdez worked as a photographer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
He left the government to become the chief photographer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce magazine, Nations Business. But in 1983, he took the position of Personal Photographer to then Vice-President George H. W. Bush. When Bush became President in 1988, Valdez was appointed as Director of the White House Photo Office.
During this administration, Valdez traveled to 75 countries and all 50 states with the President. In 1997, he published George Herbert Walker Bush: A Photographic Profile.
And this is just part of his story…