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Photographic Presidents Virtual Book Launch: Cara A. Finnegan in conversation with Michael Shaw

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University of Illinois Press
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May 19, 2021   5:00 pm  
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Join Cara A. Finnegan and Michael Shaw to celebrate the release of Photographic Presidents: Making History From Daguerreotype to Digital on May 19 at 5pm CT.

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About the book:

Cara A. Finnegan ventures from a newly discovered daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama’s selfies to tell the stories of how presidents have participated in the medium’s transformative moments. As she shows, technological developments not only changed photography but introduced new visual values that influence how we judge an image. At the same time, presidential photographs—as representations of leaders who symbolized the nation—sparked public debate on these values and their implications. An original journey through political history, Photographic Presidents reveals the intertwined evolution of an American institution and a medium that continues to define it.

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About Cara A. Finnegan:

Cara Finnegan is a Professor in the Department of Communication, UIUC, and sole author of three books, two of them published by the University of Illinois Press: Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression (2015) and Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital (2021).
About Michael Shaw:
Michael Shaw is a clinical psychologist and publisher of Reading The Pictures, the visual literacy and media literacy non-profit dedicated to the daily analysis of news images. He also writes and lectures on visual politics and photojournalism, and his work has been featured in publications such as the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Salon, Quartz, and American Photo.
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