Photographer, writer, philanthropist, and businesswoman
Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg is an esteemed photographer, writer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Mrs. Lautenberg has successfully sold and exhibited her photography for a number of years and has received critical praise throughout her photographic career. In 1993 she was sitting at the White House in Washington, D. C. photographing the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord with President Clinton, Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin and Chairman Yassir Arafat. As they were walking out of the White House and about to sign an agreement, Mrs. Lautenberg had a rush of adrenaline as she realized she was capturing history through the lens of her camera. She was in disbelief that she was actually photographing these three men about to sign this peace accord and she was forever hooked on photography.
In September, 2008, right before the Presidential election, she photographed Barack Obama speaking to a large audience at a home in New Jersey. One of these photographs was in a group show at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York and is in many private collections around the country. It was purchased by the collector Eli Broad who also purchased 300 smaller ones that were put in a folio that said Change Has Come To America on the front cover. Mr. Broad gave this photograph as a gift to each guest at an Inaugural dinner he hosted in Washington, D. C. the night of President Obama's first Inauguration. It was hanging in the Chief Council's office in the West Wing of the White House and is in the collection of the Newark Museum and the Smithsonian's new Museum of African American History and Culture. It is also hung in Senator Lautenberg's Washington, D. C. office, in the American Ambassador to Spain's office in Madrid and in the office of the American Ambassador to Berlin in President Obama's second term.
Mrs. Lautenberg's photographs are included in both private and museum collections, proving that they are not only unforgettable, but are highly regarded visual records. Her work, How They Changed Our Lives: Senators As Working People which was exhibited at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey and is now in the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. where it can be viewed on-line.
From political stars to pop rock, Mrs. Lautenberg has run the gamut of her latest bodies of work which were shown recently at Art Hamptons in Bridgehampton, New York, where she exhibited photos of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus and photographs from a series called Is She Or Isn't She which is about light and shadow related to the movement of a dancer. Mrs. Lautenberg is currently working on a book of her 25 years of political photography.