AP ‘Presidents’ photo exhibit at universities, libraries across USOct. 22, 2012
Drawn from AP Images’ vast photo archive, the display shows American presidents at war and at ease, at victory and in defeat, confronting national crises and facing personal scandals, running for office and leading the country on the world stage.
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."
Since its debut in April, the exhibit has drawn visitors to Federal Hall National Memorial in lower Manhattan. Meanwhile, additional copies have been showcased at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Idaho, the University of South Carolina and Ohio University.
In the buildup to the U.S. presidential elections next month, interest in the exhibit has been strong. For example, in South Carolina, the university held a debate watch event for students and the community in a library hall adjacent to where the exhibit is displayed, which produced timely traffic to the exhibit.
It will open at the end of the month at the Worcester Public Library in Worcester, Mass., and at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
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.
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Erin Madigan White
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