A reception last Friday for “Citizens and Leaders: A Century of Iconic Presidential Campaign Photography by The Associated Press” was attended by more than 200 people, who got a first look at the dozens of images. The selection of photos is designed to reveal the human dimension of how Americans elect their president.
In introductory remarks, Dorothy Abernathy, AP’s local media director in Virginia, said: “AP is proud of its long, distinguished record in
photojournalism, including 31 Pulitzer Prizes for photography. And we’re
pleased to be invited by Longwood University and the Longwood Center for the
Visual Arts to display some of our terrific work.”
Click the image below to launch a slideshow of a few images in the exhibit.
President Harry S. Truman, in St. Louis, holds up an edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune that mistakenly reported “Dewey Defeats Truman” in November 1948. The Democratic incumbent’s historic upset forced the paper to recall most of its press run. Truman told the crowd at Union Station, “This is one for the books!” (AP Photo/Byron Rollins)
The exhibit, announced in August, coincides with the Vice Presidential Debate between Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia on Oct. 4 at Longwood University, around the corner from the gallery.
The photos will remain on display through Oct. 16.
“Citizens and Leaders” is free and open to the public.