Picture this: A Visual Diary

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Broadway Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 151 pages
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Tipper Gore has been a passionate photographer for many years, but when her husband was elected Vice President of the United States, she began taking more
pictures than ever before. Now, in this beautiful and very personal book, Mrs. Gore uses both words and photographs to give us an intimate view of her new life at home, her work as a member of the current administration, and her travels around the world.
In a lively introductory chapter, Mrs. Gore offers a wonderfully candid self-portrait. She tells the story of how she became a photographer--receiving her first camera as a gift from her husband, Al, working as a photojournalist for "The Tennessean, and gradually discovering that she expresses herself best through the images she captures on film. She writes about the causes that she has cared about most, especially those involving the mentally ill and the homeless. And, with surprising frankness, she describes how being part of a presidential administration has affected her children, her marriage, and her daily life.
The centerpiece of "Picture This is an inspired collection of more than 120 of her recent photographs, both color and black and white. Mrs. Gore has an
unusual gift for catching people at their most natural--witness her photographs of the President and Vice President at work, of men and women from a rich
diversity of cultures, and of her husband and children during private moments. She has a keen eye for pictures that tell dramatic stories, as illustrated by her eloquent photographs of starving children in Rwanda and homeless people in America.
This fascinating visual diary of Tipper Gore's past four years is remarkable for its freshness, its candor, and its spirit. As warm and appealing as the author herself, "Picture This provides a revealing look into the private world of a much admired public woman.

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The Making of a Photographer
An American Reunion
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About the author (1996)

Tipper Gore serves as Adviser to the President on Mental Health and is Special Adviser to the Interagency Council on the Homeless. Mrs. Gore worked as a
photojournalist for The Tennessean, and her photographs have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek and American Photographer. Her first book, Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society, was published in 1987. In 1986 she served as chair of an exhibit entitled "Homeless in America: A Photographic Project." Mrs. Gore lives with her husband and four children in the Vice President's Residence in Washington, D.C., and on their farm in Carthage, Tennessee.

Mrs. Gore will donate all her proceeds from this book to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc., headquartered in

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