CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — From the advent of photography to the age of social media, U.S. presidents have been among the most common subjects for the camera. So what better way to tell a story of the medium’s evolution than through those historical figures.
That was the thinking of Cara Finnegan in writing “Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital,” publishing this spring.
The title might suggest a coffee table book filled with iconic photos of iconic presidents, but there are few. Finnegan, instead, is telling a history of photography and its influence through its interactions with the nation’s chief executives, and at key moments of transformation in the technology.
“I wanted to account for what happened when presidents met new media, and how both of them were changed as a result,” said Finnegan,…
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