Photograph of Katharine Graham in her office

Katharine Graham at her Washington Post desk (detail) by Diana Walker / Color photograph, 1993 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Anonymous

One Life: Katharine Graham

October 1, 2010 - May 30, 2011

Newspaper publisher Katharine Graham (1917–2001) led an extraordinary life in extraordinary times. Born into privilege, she was catapulted onto the international stage as publisher of The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal.

The exhibition includes several photographs to narrate key moments in her life including a portrait by Richard Avedon, drawings, original newspapers from the time of the Watergate scandal, the Pulitzer Prize for her memoir, Personal History (1998) and video of a Living Self-Portrait interview of Graham by former Portrait Gallery director Marc Pachter. Amy Henderson is the curator for this exhibition.

  • Eugene Meyer and Family by Edward Jean Steichen

    Eugene Meyer and Family by Edward Jean Steichen (c. 1675-1734) / Oil on canvas, c. 1926 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joanna T. Steichen  / © The Estate of Edward Steichen / © Joanna T. Steichen

  • Philip and Katharine Graham's Wedding Photograph

    Philip and Katharine Graham's Wedding Photograph By Unidentified artist / Gelatin silver print, 1940 / Courtesy of Donald E. Graham

  • Photo of Katharine Meyer at a Washington Post Editorial Conference

    Katharine Meyer at a Washington Post Editorial Conference by Unidentified Artist / Gelatin silver print, 1939 / Estate of Katharine Graham

  • Katharine Graham Listens to Reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward by Unidentified Artist / Gelatin silver print, Summer 1972 / Estate of Katharine Graham
  • Katharine Graham and Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee
    Katharine Graham and Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee Celebrate Court Permitting Publication of the Pentagon Papers by Associated Press / Gelatin silver print, June 30, 1971 / Estate of Katharine Graham
  • Katharine Graham at Her Washington Post Desk
    Katharine Graham at Her Washington Post Desk by Diana Walker / Color photograph, 1993 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Anonymous