“All the Presidents’ Men combines photographs made in presidential museums and historic sites across the United States with images from my father and grandfather’s homes. In 1959, after a spontaneous all-night road trip, my 18-year-old father met former president Harry Truman out for a morning walk on the streets of Independence, Missouri.
He doesn’t remember what they talked about, only the thrill of meeting a “powerful”, yet “unassuming” man. Nearly 50 years later, I visited Truman’s presidential museum and noticed there was little evidence of the restlessness and uncertainty that have shaped my father’s generation and characterized Truman’s legacy.
I am intrigued by photography’s role within an increasingly immersive museum environment, and its effect on the stories that we tell about our personal and political lives. Sections of museum displays are isolated photographically in order to partially suspend their illustrative function and suggest other emotive, personal or narrative dimensions that complicate the intended message.
Paradoxically, these mythologies persist, despite the tenuous grasp they hold on the complexities of history and the multifaceted lives of men.”
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