The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 27, 1968 · Page 8
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, November 27, 1968
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8-Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1968 Lab Houses LBJ's Giant Photo Collection the White House for the duration of Johnson's tenure, his photo operation began to expand enormously. Finally, it was housed in a two-story, white brick building on a main street in Georgetown. The big locked doubledoors of the entrance are marked only with the address. A man who has examined the facilities said "if people saw that lab. it would be a scandal. You should see the equipment in there it's fantastic." One of the most expensive pieces is a machine that can retrieve any given photograph taken of Johnson on any date at the push of a button. (C) 1HI Nt Ytrk Tim Km Strvict WASHINGTON - How many trucks will it take to haul President Johnson's snapshot album to Texas? There are reportedly 250.000 photographs of Johnson on file in an unmarked photo laboratory in Georgetown. They depict the President alone, with his family, with other world leaders at moments of critical decisions, in his most light-hearted moods, showing himself to the public and withdrawing into intimate scenes. This largest collection ol candid pictures everraade of an American president is largely the work of one man whose name is neverseen on the White House daily appointments list. Vet Yoichi Robert Okamoto. a photographer born in Yonkers. N Y., has been Johnson's shadow for virtually his entire administration. His operation has been estimated bv other photographers to cost $250,000 a year. One man who has seen it at first hand calls the figure "on the low side." He estimated that just the salaries of Okamoto. two assistant presidential photographers, a researcher and about 20 on the laboratory stall might total about $2301-300. Some people are appalled by the size and expense of Johnson's picture operation. Others believe the price is little enough to pay lor pictures that will be priceless to historians. "These pictures will some Jay be as famous as Matthew Brady's pictures of the Civil War.'' said one government official who disapproves but he was vice president. His subject so admired his work that he brought Okamoto to the White House shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In February, 1964, Okamoto was dispatched back to his regular job at the United States Information Agency by an embarrassed Johnson. The reason was that word leaked out that he had snapped .11, 000 shots of the President in his first seven weeks in office. Shortly after the presidential election in November. 1964, Johnson brought him back to the White House. He has been the president's personal photographer since. "There has never been a photographer with the position of Okie and there probably never will be again." said one colleague. "He has been in on everything, even topsecret meetings." One man now rumored to be Easy Way to Kill House, for example, could result in more than 500 pictures, snapped of each member of Congress as he shook the President's hand and signed later by Johnson. They are highly prized, and Johnson has been extraordinarily generous with them. On top of this is the President's official portrait, shot by New York photographer Arnold Newman on Dec. 19. 13 and processed elsewhere. Forty-five thousand of these were ordered and paid for by the Democratic National Committee at a cost of $3,747. then distributed to government offices. Nobody knows what will become of these official portraits or whether government employes like them enough to carry them home when Johnson is no longer President. "I can only say," one Veterans Administration official ventured, "that none of them have been stolen, as far as I know." Okamoto, nicknamed "Okie," is a highly respected and gifted photographer who has been with the government since his Army years during World War II. He began taking pictures of Johnson when CHINCH BUGS: SOD WORMS? phone T0MASELL0 585-2551 cannot help seeing the historical value of the collection. Those who know Johnson say his motivations are bound up in his great sense of history and of his role in it. Some mention his vanity and his wish to have day-to-day control over the selection and release of pictures. In addition to those photographs that the President will keep, probably winding up in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library at the University of Texas, there are uncounted tens of thousands of others. These, too. have been processed in the lab in Georgetown, which is locked and under tight security. Even a White House pass will not gain entry for a visitor. This second category of photos would include the prints Johnson has autographed and given away. A single congressional reception at the White "Who is Prime Minister Indira Gandhi?" "And what is a prime minister?" "Every Rajput warrior should sport a mustache with its ends tickling the eyelashes," Sujan Singh said. "That is the hallmark of a Bhatti." His own mustache drooped towards the earth, suggesting the crumbled desert empire of his people. , PALM BEACH MILITARY ACADEMY Northwest India Desert Stricken By Drought a front-runner as Okamoto's successor during Richard M. Nixon's tenure is Ollie Atkins of the Saturday Evening Post. Atkins is said to favor the old system at the White House, in which photographers were brought in to shoot special assignments for the magazines and newspapers they represented. Born of Japanese parents. Okamoto was graduated from Colgate University and worked on the Syracuse Post-Standard. He enlisted in the Army immediately after Pearl Harbor and served as photographic officer for Gen. Mark Clark in Europe during and after World War II. 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