White House Intern, 1998

I was part of the Associated Press photo team that covered President Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. This was a rapidly evolving news story that captured the nation’s attention demanding extensive photos of all the key players involved. Over the year, photographs would be made of Monica from several blocks away entering federal courthouse, or through the car window of her speeding limo, and in chaotic media scrums. Access was an issue as she and her team of attorneys were very elusive, making it a challenge for the news media to get decent photographs. If a photograph of Monica was made, a news photographer most likely spent hours or days to get that photo, as cell phone cameras didn’t exist back then. On April 6, 1998, Monica was in Philadelphia at The Wanamaker Building with her attorney William Ginsburg. As she suddenly emerged from the front door of the building dashing to an awaiting car, I had a split-second opportunity to capture Monica Lewinsky on film from up close in an unguarded moment.


Camera: Nikon F5 SLR

Lens: Nikon Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8D AF-S

Film: Fujicolor Press 800 film

Location: The Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia, PA