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Jan. 22, 1980: Portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan taken for series on 1980 Presidential Candidates by George Rose.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

April 8, 1980: Portrait of candidate John Anderson. This photo was published in the May 30, 1980 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Jan. 25, 1980: California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., candidate for president. This photo was published in the Feb. 8, 1980 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 1, 1980: Republican presidential candidate George H. W. Bush. This photo was published in the Jan. 24, 1980, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

1980 portrait of Ed Clark, Libertarian Party candidate for president.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 10, 1980: Sen. Edward Kennedy, candidate for president, photographed at the Los Angeles Times offices. This photo was published in the May 30, 1980, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

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For the 1980 presidential campaign, staff photographer George Rose photographed the candidates against a plain white background.

Rose writes about his portrait series:

The Los Angeles Times National Desk was looking to illustrate its series of 1980 presidential candidate profiles. There were 13 candidates in all parties. Libertarian included. I was enamored with Richard Avedon’s white backdrop portraits employed in his 1976 Rolling Stone “Power in America” series.

Yes, I ripped off Richard Avedon.

At any rate, most of the portraits never ran alongside the profiles, instead, they appeared in the Op/Ed section throughout the campaign. The only candidate I was not able to photograph was Jimmy Carter, who later lost to Ronald Reagan. Each of these portraits were taken on location in various offices and homes around Los Angeles, including the L.A. Times.

Rose photographed Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Ted Kennedy, Edmund Brown, John Anderson, Ed Clark and Howard Baker.

All the images, except Baker, are in the above gallery. But Rose was able to share the two photos – below – of Howard Baker and of himself by Baker. He had kept a couple of small prints.

1980 photos of U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, left, of Tennessee and Los Angeles Times staff photographer George Rose. Baker, an avid photographer, traded places with Rose and took a photo after being photographed by Rose himself.

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