Snapshot: Vice President Walter Mondale at the White House

Legendary photographer Ansel Adams captured an image with a surprisingly large camera
Walter Mondale, photographed at the White House in 1979

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Walter “Fritz” Mondale (1928-2021)

In 1979, photographer Ansel Adams shot an official portrait of then-Vice President Mondale at the White House. What made it unusual: Adams used a 4-foot-tall Polaroid Camera. “Well, I guess this is a big enough camera to capture the egos in this town,” Mondale reportedly quipped.

More on that day from Ansel’s assistant John Sexton:

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