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Photographic Presidents: Making History From Daguerreotype to Digital
Join us for a presentation by Cara A. Finnegan as she discusses her new book, Photographic Presidents, Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital. 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. 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. Admission: $10. Payable online at or call EHC at 847 475-3410). EHC members Free!

Oct 14, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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