Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies at International Center of Photography Mana Contemporary, September 25, 2016 – January 27, 2017

“Since the time of Abraham Lincoln through the present day, presidential candidates have used photographic imagery in their campaigns to impact public opinion,” says Claartje van Dijk, Assistant Curator of ICP. “While staged and curated press prints have historically been the tools of choice for candidates to reach and perform for their electorate, the delivery method has shifted from print publications to broadcast to computer and mobile phone screens—and the imagery has become more personal, more immediate and seemingly more off-the-cuff. With Winning the White House we examine that evolution and put it side to side with the screened selection of campaign images.”

“While professional press photographers continue to cover every campaign stop for major media outlets like their predecessors, they are now joined by thousands of amateur photographers,” adds Susan Carlson, Assistant Curator of ICP and van Dijk’s co-curator for Winning the White House. “With the rise of smart-phone technology and the rapid rate at which images are released on social media, the 2016 campaigns are seeing an even greater demand for visual content. This provides us with a timely opportunity to explore photography’s significant role in elections.”


Cornell Capa, John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, campaigning in New York, October 19, 1960. © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos


Cornell Capa, John F. Kennedy autographing a scrapbook, near Fresno, California. September 9, 1960. © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.


Cecil Stoughton, President Lyndon B. Johnson campaigning, waving to the crowd, October 1964. Courtesy LBJ Library.


O.J. Rapp, Campaign rally for president Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964. Courtesy LBJ Library.

Senator Robert F. Kennedy campaigning outside the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, 1966. Photo: Bill Eppridge

Bill Eppridge, Senator Robert F. Kennedy riding with the press on the back of a convertible, Oregon, April or May 1968. © Bill Eppridge / loaned by Adrienne Aurichio/The Estate of Bill Eppridge.

Sentator Robert F. Kennedy and the press ride a convertible through Oregon, April or May, 1968 Presidential campaign. Photograph by Bill Eppridge

Bill Eppridge, Senator Robert F. Kennedy riding with the press on the back of a convertible, Oregon, April or May 1968. © Bill Eppridge / loaned by Adrienne Aurichio/The Estate of Bill Eppridge.


Thomas J. O’Halloran, Jimmy Carter disembarking from the airplane “Peanut One” at the Pittsburgh- Allegheny County Airport for a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, 1976. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Marion S. Trikosko, President Gerald Ford, covered with confetti, smiles at crowd after his arrival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the 1st presidential debate with Jimmy Carter, 1976. Courtesy Library of Congress.


David Hume Kennerly, President Ford and Jimmy Carter meet at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia to debate domestic policy during the first of the three Ford-Carter Debates, September 23, 1976. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library.


Marion S. Trikosko, Reporters in press room observe President Gerald Ford on television during the 1st presidential debate with Jimmy Carter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 23, 1976. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Owen Franken, Michael Dukakis sitting with his daughter, Brookline, MA, 1976.© Owen Franken.


Owen Franken, George H. W. Bush campaigning in New Hampshire, 1980.© Owen Franken.

Walter Mondale campaigning in 1984 for President

Owen Franken, Walter Mondale campaigning for President, 1984. © Owen Franken.


David Burnett, Larry King, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore preparing for a television interview, 1992. © David Burnett/Contact Press Images.


Stephen Crowley, A Diner in Iowa, 2000. © Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

30067398f--083008sdcMCCAIN--John McCain and Sarah Palin at a rally in Washington, PA. photo by STEPHEN CROWLEY/THE NEW YORK TIMES

Stephen Crowley, Two-Faced Ticket, August 20, 2008. © Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

©2008 David Burnett / Contact February 7 . 2008 Senator Barack Obama, Democratic contender for the Presidential nomination, campaigns in New Orleans, Louisiana. Visits the George Washington Carver School, class rooms, students and teachers.

David Burnett, Obama campaigns in a New Orleans school, 2008. © David Burnett/Contact Press Images.

USA. Washington, D.C. January 20th, 2009. President Barack OBAMA and First Lady Michelle at the Home States Inaugural Ball.

Elliott Erwitt, Inauguration Ball for President Barack Obama, Washington D. C., January, 2009. © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos.

NYT/WAS 30140828A-072115sdc-NEW YORK CITY-JULY 21, 2015-PREXY/DAILY SHOW- President Barack Obama taping a segment on The Daily Show television program, hosted by comedian Jon Stewart. photo by STEPHEN CROWLEY/THE NEW YORK TIMES NYTCREDIT: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Stephen Crowley, We Are Here with President Obama, July 21, 2015. © Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, with 25.7% of the vote, event organizers announced Saturday at the National Harbor, Maryland, Confab. But the biggest winner of the straw poll was perhaps Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who catapulted from fifth last year to second place this year and came in just four points behind Paul, with 21.4% support. He delivered one of the conference's best-received speeches, laying out his vision for the economy and drawing enthusiastic applause that overshadowed a tone-deaf answer he gave on foreign policy. The closely watched survey of conference attendees represents a small but vocal faction of the Republican party, and the voters tend to be younger and libertarian leaning as many college students attend the gathering. Paul won in 2014 and 2013, and his father, a libertarian icon and former Texas congressman Ron Paul won in 2010 and 2011. 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won that year.

Mark Peterson, The CPAC convention, National Harbor, MD, February 2015. © Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures.

Red State Gathering attendees watch the debate on Fox News...Atlanta becomes the center of the American political universe this weekend as 10 Republican presidential hopefuls gather here for the RedState Gathering at the Intercontinental Buckhead on Peachtree Road. The gathering, named after the conservative political website, is the brainchild of WSB Radio host Erick Erickson. It’s a three-day convention of top GOP elected officials, 700 activists, 150 journalists and begins this evening — concurrent with the first major debates of the 2016 presidential campaign. Tickets for the gathering are sold out. It’s not just presidential candidates speaking. A number of governors and other Republican luminaries will appear, all sandwiched around panels on topics such as The Power of Twitter and civil asset forfeiture.

Mark Peterson, Attendees at the RedState Gathering watch the first 2016 Republican presidential debate, which took place in Cleveland, Ohio, Atlanta, GA, August 6, 2016. © Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures.


Mark Peterson, The press section at Senator Ted Cruz event, Columbia, SC, January 15, 2016. © Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures.

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after speaking to supporters at a rally at the Weirs Beach Community Center in Laconia, New Hampshire.

M. Scott Brauer, Trump, Laconia, New Hampshire, July 16, 2015. © M. Scott Brauer.

Members of the audience and the press gather as Democratic presidential candidate and former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets people after speaking to a crowd at a reception for the state's labor community at the Puritan Backroom convention center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

M. Scott Brauer, Clinton, Manchester, New Hampshire, September 5, 2015. © M. Scott Brauer.


Various photographers, Selfies with presidential candidates, 2015-16, International Center of Photography.

Images courtesy International Center of Photography (ICP).