Photographer shares rare glimpse into lives of Secret Service agents
Secret Service agents ride in the Osprey taking the traveling press back to Air Force One after attending President Obama's speech by the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of âBloody Sunday," a landmark event of the civil rights movement, Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Secret Service agents dot the tarmac as President Barack Obama back right, salutes as he exits the Marine One helicopter to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 17, 2014, en route to Delaware where he is expected to visit the site of the damaged I-495 bridge in Wilmington to speak about transportation and infrastructure. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Secret Service agents swirl around President Barack Obama as he waves goodbye after speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Instituteâs 37th Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Secret Service agents keep eyes up above for trouble as President Barack Obama takes an impromptu walk down 15th Street in Denver after having dinner at Wazee Supper Club on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Obama is expected to speak about the economy in Denver on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama, left, greets people as he is watched by a Secret Service Agent, at right, inside the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, July 17, 2014, before speaking about transportation and infrastructure. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
U.S. Secret Service agents from the Counter Sniper Division work on top of the West Wing of the White House, as seen from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Thursday Dec. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Police and Secret Service agents control the crowd as President Barack Obama takes an impromptu walk down 15th Street in Denver after having dinner at Wazee Supper Club on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Obama is expected to attend a fundraiser and speak about the economy in Denver on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A Secret Service agents works by the motorcade as President Barack Obama has dinner with winners of a DSCC "Dinner With President Obama" contest at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A Secret Service Agent is seen through tinted and patterned glass as he stands in front of the door to a room where President Barack Obama was meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Business Roundtable Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
With the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, Secret Service Agents guard the Marine One helicopter where President Barack Obama will leave Crissy Field Landing Zone in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, to attend a fundraising event in Los Altos Hills, California, during his three-day West Coast trip to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
As lights flare in the background, President Barack Obama, center, with Secret Service Agents on both sides, greets the crowd after speaking at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Secret Service agents watch the perimeter of a farm by an irrigation system as President Barack Obama tours the farm in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, where drought has been effecting the area. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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For photographers tasked with covering President Obama, U.S. Secret Service agents often accidentally slip into the shot from time to time. But in a series of images recently released, photojournalist Jacquelyn Martin of The Associated Press shifted her lens to capture some of the country's most mysterious men and women.
"In my time covering the White House the U.S. Secret Service and its visual alphabet of dark suits, sunglasses, and earpieces has fascinated me," Martin wrote on an AP Images Instagram post.
Secret Services agents serve in dangerous and high pressure jobs, responsible for protecting the life of the president of United States and other dignitaries. The agency has its own "intricate choreography," as Martin describes it, and agents work hard to remain vigilant against any and all threats.
Her curation of these stunning black and white photos allows us to see that choreography at work, and shines a spotlight on the quiet agents trying so hard to blend in.