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.”
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.