Author of ‘The President’s Photographer’ to Speak at SVSU
The author of a book detailing the interesting work of the photographer of the President of the United States will visit Saginaw Valley State University. John Bredar will give a public lecture on the topic Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in SVSU’s Founders Hall.
Bredar’s illustrated presentation uses still images from the book, “The President’s Photographer,” and brief clips from the related National Geographic film. Published in 2010, the book follows Pete Souza, President Obama’s chief photographer, along with highlights from previous White House chief photographers going back to President Kennedy.
Since 1989, Bredar has written, produced, and directed more than 25 films on topics ranging from historical subjects to the natural world, winning his first Emmy in 1999 for “Combat Cameramen of WWII.” He produced a string of popular films that took viewers inside guarded and esteemed institutions, including the White House and the Vatican. Bredar’s storytelling techniques reveal how people carry on the tricky business of life whether they are saddle makers, White House plumbers, or marine archaeologists.
Bredar won the Emmy award for Best Director for a special about the Arlington National Cemetery, and he served as executive producer and co-writer for “The Gospel of Judas,” one of the highest rated programs in National Geographic Channel history. In 2009, he developed and executive produced National Geographic Television’s first fully scripted drama, “Darwin’s Darkest Hour.” In that same year Bredar received the George Foster Peabody award as executive producer for Ape Genius, a Nova-National Geographic special that explored primate intelligence.
Currently the Vice President for National Programming at WGBH Boston, Bredar oversees many celebrated national series for PBS and related new media, including Frontline, Nova, Masterpiece, American Experience, and public television’s most-watched program, Antiques Roadshow. He supervises such WGBH lifestyle, health, and performance programs as Simply Ming, This Old House, and Ask This Old House.
Bredar holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in radio/TV/film and U.S. history. He has a master’s degree in U.S. diplomatic history from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
This lecture is made possible with support from Saginaw Valley State University’s Dow Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.
The President’s Photographer exhibition is produced and traveled by the National Geographic Society. It will be on display at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum from Monday, Feb. 3 through May 24. The exhibition is supported with grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Lot F.
For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at www.marshallfredericks.org.