March 29, 2023

NCC welcomes the presidents

AP honors American presidents

A collage simply titled “The American President” is on display throughout February in College Center’s Laub Lounge.

The collage highlights the work of various Associated Press photographers who took the shots, some of them iconic, through the decades.

One of the earliest photographs is from 1904, when an unnamed AP photographer took a picture of Theodore Roosevelt while on the campaign trail.

AP photographers are fortunate in that they have access that your average person would never have. In 1961, Henry Burroughs snapped a photo of John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline sharing a moment only seconds after he’d been inaugurated.

A number of photographers have several pieces on display, including Bob Daughtery, Ron Edmonds and J. Scott Applewhite. Edmonds won a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for the photograph that he got seconds after shots were fired at Ronald Reagan and his Secret Service detail. Applewhite took the photograph in May 2003 of President George W. Bush standing on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in front of a banner proudly proclaiming “Mission Accomplished”, a premature reference to the U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq.

This exhibit is visiting NCC as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “We the People” program, which is designed to encourage and enhance the understanding of American history.

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