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Photographic presidents : making history from daguerreotype to digital

Author: Cara A Finnegan
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lincoln's somber portraits. Lyndon Johnson's swearing in. George W. Bush's reaction to learning about the 9/11 attacks. Photography plays an indelible role in how we remember and define American presidents. Throughout history, presidents have actively participated in all aspects of photography, not only by sitting for photos but by taking and consuming them. Cara A. Finnegan ventures from a newly-discovered  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Portraits
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Finnegan, Cara A.
Photographic presidents
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2021]
(DLC) 2020040737
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cara A Finnegan
ISBN: 9780252043796 0252043790 9780252085789 0252085787
OCLC Number: 1196242019
Description: xi, 280 pages, 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: The daguerreotype presidents. Photographing George Washington --
Early Daguerreotypes in the U. S. and the nation's capital --
John Quincy Adams and national portraiture --
Part II: The snapshot president. Handheld photography and the halftone revolution --
William McKinley's last photographs --
Part III: The candid camera presidents. Visual news in the early twentieth century --
Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, and the candid camera --
Part IV: The social media president. Changing visual media from the mid-twentieth century to the digital age --
Barack Obama and Flickr --
Conclusion: The portrait makes our president.
Responsibility: Cara A. Finnegan.

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"Lincoln's somber portraits. Lyndon Johnson's swearing in. George W. Bush's reaction to learning about the 9/11 attacks. Photography plays an indelible role in how we remember and define American presidents. Throughout history, presidents have actively participated in all aspects of photography, not only by sitting for photos but by taking and consuming them. Cara A. Finnegan ventures from a newly-discovered daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama's selfies to tell the stories of how presidents have participated in the medium's transformative moments. As she shows, technological developments not only changed photography, but introduced new visual values that influence how we judge an image. At the same time, presidential photographs--as representations of leaders who symbolized the nation--sparked public debate on these values and their implications. An original journey through political history, 'Photographic Presidents' reveals the intertwined evolution of an American institution and a medium that continues to define it"--

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"Today, the camera, the press, and the presidency are inextricably linked. But how did we get here and, more importantly, how does that evolution inform the present visual and rhetorical landscape? Read more...

 
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