Left Bank Books will conclude its Winter Lyceum series with a talk by photographer and Camden native Samantha Appleton Sunday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the bookshop, 21 East Main St./Route 1. Appleton will share her career in photography, which has taken her all over the world during the past decade, and particularly her experiences of the last three years as an official White House photographer in the Obama administration.

Documenting history on a daily basis carries with it a pressure and expectations few of us can imagine. The subjects are moving, the competition to record them is fierce and both weather and light can be variable.

“As is true of the rest of my career,” Appleton said, “I had to operate on three levels: the practical aspects of the moment; the image that best represents the issue at hand; and providing the visual historic narrative of a unique First Family.”

Appleton brought a wide range of experience to her White House assignment. She describes herself as a photographer concentrating on historic trends, in particular on the social and political consequences of conflict. She began her career as a writer and became a photographer after assisting acclaimed photojournalist and war photographer James Nachtwey in 1999 and 2000. Her work strives to show the quiet, subtle moments that make up the complicated components of larger stories.

The bulk of her career has covered many of the most tumultuous, man-made events of the past 10 years. Primary stories have included conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon; social issues in Africa; and immigration issues in the United States. She has won numerous awards including Picture of the Year competitions, has received a Kodak Professional Award, participated in the 2005 World Press Master Class and was named one of the 30 Under 30 top photographers by Photo District News. She also has taught at the Maine Media Workshops. In addition to her photography, she is working on a non-fiction book project on Iraq.

The public is warmly invited to attend. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 548-6400. The shop is open daily.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.