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.
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.
Learn more here: https://go.illinois.edu/s21finnegan