The last photographer to take a formal portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford speaks with Professional Photographer
On January 8, 2007, Senior Editor Joan T. Sherwood spoke to photographer David DeJonge about photographing former President Gerald R. Ford during his visits to Grand Rapids, Mich. DeJonge also discusses his experience attending and photographing the ceremonies surrounding the arrival of Air Force One with the former president's remains and the interment ceremony at the Ford Presidential Museum.
The Ford family (foreground) observes as former President Ford's casket is transferred from Air Force One for the procession to his funeral services in East Grand Rapids, Mich., on January 2, 2007. Image ©David DeJonge
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The last formal portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford, taken at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in 2003. ©David DeJonge
Mrs. Betty Ford, escorted by her son Jack Ford, left, and Army Major General Guy Swan III. ©David DeJonge
The flag that drapes President Ford's casket can be seen in shadow inside Air Force One, January 2, 2007. ©David DeJonge
Long lines formed to view the President in repose in Grand Rapids. ©David DeJonge
Braving frigid temperatures, the public came to light candles and leave tokens of memorial outside the Presidential Museum. ©David DeJonge
President Ford's remains lie in repose as the public pays their final respect at the Ford Presidential Museum. ©David DeJonge
After the funeral service, the president's casket was returned to the Ford Presidential Museum for a private interment service. ©David DeJonge
Press presence outside the Ford Presidential Museum. ©David DeJonge
From the press stand DeJonge documented Fox network's immediate return to regularly scheduled programming, "The Simpsons,"
at the close of the Ford interment ceremony. "I thought that was a very ironic thing about today's news and tomorrow's history," said DeJonge. ©David DeJonge