AP exhibit, 'The American President,' at Federal Hall in Manhattan

May 11, 2012
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President-elect Barack Obama is welcomed by President George W. Bush for a meeting at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, with former presidents, from left, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
NEW YORK -- "The American President," an exhibit of compelling news photos from The Associated Press, is on view at Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall St.

Drawn from AP Images' vast photo archive, the display shows American presidents at war and at ease, in victory and in defeat, confronting national crises and facing personal scandals, running for office and leading the country on the world stage.

The exhibit, set in the rotunda of the National Park Service landmark that stands where George Washington was sworn in as the nation’s first president in 1789, will be on view through the end of the year. 

In an introduction written specially for the exhibit, former President George H.W. Bush says: "The men and women who have covered the White House for the AP dating back to the middle part of the 19th Century have truly had a 'front-row seat to history.' Through their lenses, succeeding generations of AP 'photodogs' have captured both the ecstasy and agony of the American Presidency, and contributed in important ways to the historical record of each administration."

The exhibit helps illustrate one constant in the ever-shifting media landscape. The coverage of the White House by AP reporters and photographers has been the dominant source of presidential news across the U.S. and around the world.

"The American President" features a number of AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning images, including Paul Vathis' view of John F. Kennedy conferring gravely with his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, at Camp David after the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and Ron Edmonds' split-second documentation of the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

The more than 80 photos underscore the need for AP photojournalists assigned to cover the White House to always keep their eyes on the president, so they won’t miss those revealing, unexpected moments that could easily dominate thousands of front pages and websites around the world.

Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

For further information about Federal Hall, visitors may call 212-825-6990, or go to www.nps.gov/feha

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For further information about the exhibit:

Paul Colford
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press

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