AUSTIN, Texas — In honor of the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush, the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin is displaying images from the David Valdez photographic archive.
The photographic exhibit is on display at the center’s Research and Collections division on the east side of the UT campus.
David Valdez became Bush’s personal photographer while serving as vice president under Ronald Reagan. When he was elected president in 1992, Bush appointed Valdez director of the White House photo office. Valdez donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 2012.
“President Bush led an incredibly rich life — a World War II veteran, a successful businessman, a U.S. congressman and ambassador, the 43rd vice president, and then the 41st president of the United States,” said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center.
“David Valdez’s photographs are truly valuable historical sources for understanding Bush’s political career, but they also clearly show the former president’s humor, energy and dedication," Carleton said. "Finally, they speak to the warmth he enjoyed with his family members.”