How AP photographed George H.W. Bush lying in state

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press used a guywire and plate-mounted camera with an antenna transmission system built by Capitol Hill staff to capture a striking bird’s eye view of former President George H.W. Bush lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington.

AP’s Director of Photography David Ake says the news cooperative managed to mount the camera near the top of the dome following months of negotiations with the Capitol.

He adds that the House Speaker’s Office, Senate Majority Leader’s Office and the Architect of Capitol had to sign off on the use of the contraption.

The pool images were shot by AP staff photographer Morry Gash, who watched the viewing live and captured the photos.

George H.W. Bush died Friday at age 94.

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