World-Renowned Presidential Photographers Team Up with All Americans to Produce Official Obama Inaugural Photo Book Project

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Inaugural Photo Book Project to Include Work from Elite Photographers and – for the first time ever – Images Submitted Online by Americans Celebrating Obama Inauguration

Sausalito, Calif., January 16, 2009 – Epicenter Communications, an official licensee of the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), today announced details of the official inaugural photography book project, which will commemorate President-elect Barack Obama's upcoming inauguration.  The project will include images from some of the world’s most influential photographers and – for the first time ever – feature photos submitted online by everyday people documenting their personal celebrations of President-elect Obama’s inauguration festivities. 

Photos can be submitted starting today at either the book’s official site ( or in an inaugural photo site on Photobucket.  A selection of photo submissions will be chosen for inclusion in a large-format book, published by Five Ties Publishing, New York, which will be available for purchase nationwide on April 29, 2009 – Obama’s 100th day in office.

Also, for the first time, individual amateur photographers will be
able to send in their photographs and create their own customizable
print-on-demand inaugural album using Kodak imaging and printing
technologies – creating a truly personal memento of a “people’s

“Pictures speak a universal language.  They offer
myriad of ways to bond deeply and strengthen relationships.  Kodak is
proud to lend our online imaging and printing technologies to this
historic celebration,” remarked Jeffrey Hayzlett Chief Marketing
Officer, Eastman Kodak Company.

"The election of Barack Obama
showed the power of the individual voice in this digital age,” said
Matthew Naythons, president of Epicenter Communications.  “This is
truly the people's inauguration, and with this outreach to the public
to submit their own photos and experiences, it will be the most
inclusive Official Inaugural Book and Album ever created."

addition to user-submitted images, the commemorative works will include
images from an elite team of award-winning photojournalists led by
David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize® winner who served as official
photographer for the Ford White House, and Bob McNeely, who served as
President Clinton’s official photographer. 

McNeely and
Kennerly, who also serve as co-producers of the book project, will post
daily behind-the-scenes photos and commentary from their personal
coverage of the President-elect and his family during inaugural week,
as will other assigned photographers from the project.  These postings
will be hosted by Photobucket and can be viewed at, as well as streamed live daily to the
Kodak Times Square Digital Billboard. 

All online photos will
be hosted by, and will be available for viewing at In addition, a slideshow widget of the
latest photos will be available for embedding on any blog or Web site,
allowing bloggers around the world to display the latest inaugural
photos in real time.

“We are honored to play an important role in
helping the 2009 inaugural photo book project reflect the experiences
of everyday Americans as they celebrate Barack Obama’s historic first
day in office,” said Alice Lankester, vice president of marketing for

“It is indeed a privilege to publish ‘The Official Barack Obama
Inaugural Book’ in commemoration of this historic moment in American
history,” said Five Ties publisher Garrett White. “We look forward to
including not only the work of seasoned professionals, but to giving
voice as well to those from all backgrounds who made Barack Obama the
44th President of the United States.”

Pre-orders and customized orders can be placed starting on the day of the inauguration at

About Epicenter Communications
Epicenter Media and its parent company, Epicenter Communications, are
pioneers in online interactive media having launched some of the first
consumer online communities on the Internet. Their “Clinton: Portrait
of Victory” was the first best-selling book to be accompanied by a
CD-ROM. In 1992, Epicenter was tapped by the 52nd Presidential
Inaugural Committee to produce the Official Presidential Inaugural Book
and went on to create much-treasured books for the next three
succeeding presidential inaugurations. The Epicenter group has produced
more than twenty prestigious books of photography. Leading
photojournalists, including David Burnett, David Kennerly, Eddie Adams,
Galen Rowell and Mary Ellen Mark, and distinguished writers, including
William Styron, Ward Just and Walter Cronkite, have all collaborated on
Epicenter projects.  For additional info, visit

About Photobucket
Photobucket is the premier standalone photo and video sharing site,
with 45 million unique users around the world linking billions of
personal photos, graphics, slideshows and videos daily to hundreds of
thousands of Web sites, including Bebo, Blogger, Craigslist, eBay,
Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, MySpace, Orkut, Xanga and many others. In
addition to linking content, Photobucket users share their personal
digital media by email, instant messaging, and mobile devices. Every
day, over 11 million personal photos, graphics and videos are uploaded
to Photobucket for sharing with family, friends and the online world.
The company actively moderates content to create a safe environment for
its users, partners and advertisers.  Photobucket has offices in San
Francisco, California and Denver, Colorado and is located online at

About Kodak
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers,
businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures
and printing to enrich their lives.  More than 70 million people
worldwide manage, share and create photo gifts online at KODAK
Gallery.  To learn more, visit the newly redesigned

About Five Ties Publishing, New York
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Five Ties Publishing produces high-quality
illustrated books on photography, fine art, architecture, and film.
“The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book” will be available in
bookstores nationwide in April 2009. Contact: Garrett White,


Jeff Chiaravanont, Epicenter
(310) 567-2329

Dan Berger, Photobucket
(310) 969-7842

Carlos de Leon, Ketchum
(646) 935-4288

Garrett White, Five Ties Publishing, New York
(347) 529-5077