The 21st Show

Presidents and photographic history


To mark Presidents' Day, we talked about an overlooked aspect of the American presidency — the way the institution affected photography, and how America itself was influenced by the way presidents have been photographed. We were joined by a historian of photography and author of Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital.


Cara Finnegan

Historian focusing on the role of photography in public life | Professor & Associate Head, Dept. of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | Author, Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital | Co-host, "Chatting the Pictures"



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