George Skadding with an impressive lighting-and-camera rig, 1948. (Photo by George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

George Skadding with an impressive lighting-and-camera rig, 1948. (Photo by George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

The White House kicked him off a tour with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944 because one Skadding picture, taken for the Associated Press, made the President look haggard. Skadding said he hadn’t meant to trouble Roosevelt, who was at the time besieged with criticism that he was no longer physically able to run for another term. “It’s not my fault. I just shot the picture,” Skadding said. “Some idiot in LA picked it.” Both before the war and after, however, Skadding served as an officer of the White House News Photographers Association.

Adapted from The Great LIFE Photographers

President Harry Truman walking arm-in-arm w. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as he arrives at Blair House for his visit to discuss foreign affairs. (Photo by George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

President Harry Truman walking arm-in-arm w. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as he arrives at Blair House for his visit to discuss foreign affairs. (Photo by George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

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