Richard Nixon performs the last acts of his devastated presidency in the White House East Room, August 9, 1974, as he bids farewell to his Cabinet, aides and staff (AP Photo)
The American President: Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press
Homer Babbidge Library, West Alcove
Curator: Steven Batt
“The American President," an exhibit of compelling news photos from the Associated Press, shows American presidents at war and at ease, in victory and in defeat, confronting national crises and facing personal scandals, running for office and leading the country on the world stage.
The exhibit features a number of the AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning images, including Paul Vathis’ view of John F. Kennedy conferring gravely with his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, at Camp David after the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961; Ron Edmonds’ rapid sequence documenting the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, and White House photos taken by J. Scott Applewhite and others during Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment battle.
For the journalists of the world’s oldest and largest news agency, the mandate of covering the White House remains the same as it was in Lincoln’s day: be accurate, be fair and be fast. For photographers, who can never catch up to a missed opportunity, it means never taking your eye off the president.
The AP dates its founding to 1846, when the heads of six New York newspapers agreed to share the cost of gathering and transmitting by telegraph the news from the Mexican War and other points far from the city. Today, the AP, the world’s largest news organization, operates 244 bureaus in 98 countries. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.
This exhibit runs from October 13 to November 7.
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