Senator Howard Baker, Leica Shooter, Dies

United States Senator Howard Baker, majority leader and Reagan’s chief of staff, died today at his home in Huntsville, Tennessee at the age of 88. Mr. Baker, who played a central role across two decades of Republican politics, wryly noted that photography “may be the only place where I can reasonably aspire to perfection.” In fact, he published his photography online. His photographs have been exhibited across the United States and in Japan, and he enjoyed a solo showing at the Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2007. His work has appeared in Life magazine, National Geographic, and the books Howard Baker’s Washington, Scott’s Bluff and Big South Fork Country. Perhaps a little less known was that he was an avid Leica shooter, using both M and R cameras.