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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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The American people get to know their presidents from pictures. We follow the person holding the highest office in the land through televised speeches, grip-and-grin photo ops with world leaders, and candid shots snapped during both serious and light moments. Pictures connect us to the people making decisions on behalf of the nation.

Photojournalism and the American Presidency examines the powerful relationship between the almighty camera lens and the office of the president. These enduring images have shaped what we think of the American presidency and the select few who hold that office.

The Littlefield Society Symposium: Portraits of the American Presidency. Carter, Nixon, Ford and Kissinger at Hubert Humphrey memorial service,  David Hume Kennerly, 1978.

On March 28, 2003, Dirck Halstead, David Hume Kennerly, Wally McNamee and Diana Walker presented their work as part of the annual Littlefield Society Symposium on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Together their images have made the covers of Time and Newsweek more than 185 times. In addition to enjoying all the top honors of their profession, these photojournalists share something else in common: they are all philanthropists. By donating their archives to the Center for American History, each has ensured that future generations of Americans can see history in the making.

Other Resources at UT

An ever-growing resource of presidential photography is available on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Highlights include a recent donation by P.F. Bentley of his archives to the Center for American History, as well as the highly acclaimed archives of images available at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.


Special thanks to Rebecca Soladay Kennerly; Nikki McNamee; Angela Bizzari, Photographs Assistant to David Hume Kennerly; Chris Polluck, Picture Editor, Communications, National Geographic; Alpheus Media; Texas Student Publications, The University of Texas Press and the Center for American History staff: Don Carleton, Lewis L. Gould, Alison Beck, Patrick Cox, David Dettmer, Brenda Gunn, Linda Peterson, Steve Williams and John R. Wheat.

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All photographs in this site are copyrighted and protected by Digimarc. For additional information contact The Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.

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