The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History invites press to preview “I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration,” a showcase of images highlighting the weeklong events surrounding the historic presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

WHEN: April 28, 9:30 A.M., doors open at 9:15 A.M.

WHERE: National Museum of American History
14th Street and Madison Drive N.W.
Note: Please enter through the Mall entrance.

WHO: Brent D. Glass, Director, National Museum of American History
David Hume Kennerly, Ford White House photographer (1974-1976)
Robert (Bob) Mcneely, Clinton White House photographer (1992-1998)
Paul Morse, Former Deputy Director of Photography, White House (2001-2007)
Michelle Delaney, Associate Curator of Photographic History, NMAH
Shannon Perich, Associate Curator of Photographic History, NMAH

Thirty-one framed color and black-and-white photographs taken by 15 professional and amateur photographers and two photographic slide shows will be on exhibition from April 29 through July 12.

The photographs on view are new acquisitions to the museum’s photo history collection by leading photojournalists. The exhibition draws from photos taken for the official inaugural photography project, executed by Epicenter Communications Inc., also publisher of the official Obama inaugural album, and Five Ties Publishing, New York, publisher of “Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book.”

The public opening of the exhibition is timed to coincide with the completion of President Obama’s first 100 days in office, April 29.

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