Fred Watkins Photography Lecture


On Thursday, November 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room, Greenwich Library patrons of all ages can learn about editorial photography from Greenwich’s own renowned photographer and former Ebony Magazine staffer Fred Watkins.

A member of the Greenwich High School class of 1972, Watkins started out as a paparazzo, and in the Time-Life photo lab in New York City. He then began covering the White House as a member of the White House Press Corps, working for Ebony and Jet magazines as a staff photographer for 20 years.

Watkins will share his many unique experiences that took place during exclusive shoots with heads of state, celebrities, and television reality shows. One of his most memorable and exclusive photo opportunities was shooting President Clinton with Nelson Mandela in Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island in South Africa. Watkins was also able to capture Nelson Mandela’s first tour of the USA after being released from prison in 1990.

The many stories that Fred Watkins has to tell include anecdotes about his experiences in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, his travels with President George W. Bush, his adventures on the set of Good Morning America and his challenges while covering the talk show, Fox News Sunday, on Fox News. A Q & A session will follow the talk.

Registration, while not required, is highly encouraged.  For more information contact Michele Martin at, call (203) 625-6533 or visit to register.

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