Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital

Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital

by Cara A. Finnegan
Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital

Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital

by Cara A. Finnegan

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Overview

Defining the Chief Executive via flash powder and selfie sticks

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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ISBN-13: 9780252052699
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 05/18/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 296
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Cara A. Finnegan is a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression and Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs.

Table of Contents

Cover Title Copyright Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. The Daguerreotype Presidents 1. Photographing George Washington 2. Early Daguerreotypes in the U.S. and the Nation’s Capital 3. John Quincy Adams and National Portraiture Part II. The Snapshot President 4. Handheld Photography and the Halftone Revolution 5. William McKinley’s Last Photographs Part III. The Candid Camera Presidents 6. Visual News in the Early Twentieth Century 7. Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Candid Camera Part IV. The Social Media President 8. Changing Visual Media from the Mid-Twentieth Century to the Digital Age 9. Barack Obama and Flickr Conclusion: The Portrait Makes Our President Notes Selected Bibliography Index Back cover

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