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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Yo.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1951
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Yo.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1951
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Former Director of White House photography Sharon Camille Farmer was born on June 10, 1951, in Washington, D.C. Farmer attended Ohio State University where she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and served as vice president of the student government. As a student, Farmer also served as editor for the school newspaper, Our Choking Times, and protested school policies that interfered with black and white student relations.

In 1974, after graduating with her B.S. degree from Ohio State University, Farmer began a career as a freelance photographer. She went on to work for the Smithsonian Institute, the Washington Post and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, shooting news stories, political campaigns, cultural events, conferences, and portraits. Farmer also lectured extensively on photography and served on the faculty for American University, Mount Vernon College, and Indiana University.

In 1993, Farmer was hired as a White House photographer and began traveling the world taking pictures of President Bill Clinton and the first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Among the many famous images she captured were the handshake between the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat; and President and Mrs. Clinton witnessing the launch of the space shuttle Discovery with astronaut John Glenn. Then, in 1999, Farmer was promoted to Director of White House Photography and became the first African American and first woman to hold this position. Later, in 2004, she was the campaign photographer for Senator John Kerry’s presidential election campaign.

Farmer has presented many exhibits at museums and cultural institutions nationwide, including: Art against AIDS, Gospel in the Projects, Twenty Years on the Mall, Washington, D.C. - Beijing Exchange, and Our Views of Struggle.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sharon Farmer's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sharon Farmer lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sharon Farmer talks about her maternal family history pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sharon Farmer talks about her maternal family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sharon Farmer talks about her uncle who was an amateur photographer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sharon Farmer talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sharon Farmer talks about her parents' personalities and their careers as educators in Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sharon Farmer talks about her younger brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sharon Farmer describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sharon Farmer describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sharon Farmer talks about her childhood personality and her childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sharon Farmer talks about growing up in the Benning Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sharon Farmer talks about the elementary and junior high schools she attended in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sharon Farmer talks about her experience at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sharon Farmer talks about her extracurricular activities as a student at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sharon Farmer talks about her desire to become a concert bassoonist and her discovery of jazz music in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sharon Farmer talks about the campus unrest at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio during the spring of 1970
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sharon Farmer describes the influential black faculty members at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sharon Farmer talks the black student community at Ohio State University and other colleges in Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sharon Farmer talks the black student community at Ohio State University and other colleges in Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sharon Farmer talks about the first time she heard the "N" word
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sharon Farmer talks about Ohio State University's black student newspaper, Our Choking Times
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sharon Farmer talks about being inspired by HistoryMaker Roy Lewis' Wall of Respect
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sharon Farmer talks about giving Archie Griffin and Cornelius Greene rides home from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sharon Farmer talks about developing her interest in photography in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sharon Farmer talks about Ohio State University's football team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sharon Farmer talks about her experience of racial discrimination during her internship with the Associated Press
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sharon Farmer talks about the founding of the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center at Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sharon Farmer talks about honing her skills as a photographer at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sharon Farmer talks about beginning her photography career in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sharon Farmer talks about working as the manager of Snap Shops, a photography store in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Sharon Farmer describes how she began freelancing for The Washington Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sharon Farmer talks about being hired to photograph an album cover for Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sharon Farmer describes the impact of working with Sweet Honey in the Rock on her political activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sharon Farmer talks about teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sharon Farmer talks about getting the call to work for the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sharon Farmer explains the origin of her F.B.I. record
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sharon Farmer describes her first days as a photographer in the Clinton White House
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sharon Farmer describes how she became the Director of White House Photography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sharon Farmer talks about her experience as a photographer in the Clinton White House
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sharon Farmer talks about fighting to get her name on the photos she took at the White House
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sharon Farmer talks about African American women in photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sharon Farmer talks about President Clinton's personality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sharon Farmer talks about Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sharon Farmer describes times when people did not believe she was the President's photographer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sharon Farmer talks about other African Americans in the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sharon Farmer talks about being the Director of White House Photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sharon Farmer talks about photographing President Clinton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sharon Farmer talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sharon Farmer talks about her role models
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sharon Farmer reflects on what she would do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sharon Farmer reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sharon Farmer talks about Hillary Clinton's work on women's issues and health care
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sharon Farmer talks about the importance of reading and continuing to pursue music as a hobby in adulthood
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sharon Farmer talks about her relationship with her parents as an adult
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sharon Farmer shares advice for young photographers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sharon Farmer states how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sharon Farmer narrates her photographs