Presidents and photographic history | The 21st show

To mark Presidents Day, we spoke about an overlooked aspect of the American presidency – how the institution has affected photography and how America itself has been influenced by the way presidents have been photographed. . We were joined by a photography historian and author of Photographic presidents: making the history of the digital daguerreotype.


Cara Finnegan

Historian focusing on the role of photography in public life | Professor and Associate Director, Department of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | Author, Presidents of photography: making the history of the digital daguerreotype | Co-host, “Chatting the Pictures”

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