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'American President' photo exhibit comes to Cronkite School

January 08, 2013

Associated Press exhibit captures iconic moments in American presidency

Arizona State University is hosting an Associated Press (AP) exhibit of photojournalism chronicling American presidents at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“The American President” exhibit features iconic and Pulitzer Prize-winning moments in the presidency, as captured by AP photographers over the past 150 years.

The selected images include a shot of Dwight D. Eisenhower after the Bay of Pigs invasion, a photo by Ron Edmonds that captured the 1981 attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan, and a well-known photo of John F. Kennedy taken by Paul Vathis.

More than 80 photos comprise the exhibit, which will be on display through the end of the month.

“AP has a long tradition of excellence in photojournalism, including 30 Pulitzer Prizes for photography,” said Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at AP. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase some iconic images from our rich coverage of the White House and the presidency.”

The exhibit and replicas have been traveling to libraries and universities nationwide since April, and now will be displayed on the second floor of the building adjacent to ASU's First Amendment Forum. The exhibit is open to the public and adjacent to the school’s Cronkite Gallery, which houses news industry artifacts.

“We’re always pleased to showcase great photography at the Cronkite School,” said associate dean Kristin Gilger. “And this exhibit, with its focus on significant moments and people in U.S. history, is particularly relevant for both students and the public. We want as many people to see it as possible.”

The Cronkite School trains the next generation of multimedia journalists, with an emphasis on the time-honored values espoused by its namesake, Walter Cronkite. Founded in 1846, The Associated Press is a global news network that delivers news from around the world to all media platforms and formats.