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ATX Man takes you inside the latest exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency. This priceless exhibit runs through Oct. 1.

By Andy East

If a picture is worth a thousand words, you will surely need a good thesaurus to do this selection of photojournalism gems justice. With more than 100 works from a who’s who of American photojournalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners Eddie Adams, David Hume Kennerly and Lucian Perkins, the highly anticipated News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency exhibit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library offers a galvanizing look at the moments that not only defined 13 presidential administrations, but also had a profound impact on all of our lives.

Congr. Gerald Ford speaking as Sen. Everett Dirksen (left) and Congr. Leslie Arends (right) listen

From World War II to the civil-rights movement, the Vietnam War and beyond, the exhibit explores the zeitgeists of three generations of Americans and provides one-of-a-kind historical insight on every commander in chief since Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as the popular culture, politics and world events that marked each administration.

In addition to generation-defining published prints that have appeared in renowned publications such as Time, Life, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Washington Post, News to History also showcases negatives, tear sheets, letters and diaries.

L-R: Richard Nixon, President Lyndon B. Johnson

The collection of photos is provided by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, which boasts the largest collection of presidential photography outside of Washington, D.C.

Do not miss the chance to relive some of the most critical moments of U.S. and world history, and meet the people behind the lenses of some of the most moving and iconic photos of all time. Visit for more information.

Photo Credits:

Composite image: Nixon Photo by Dirck Halstead Photographic Archive; Ford Photo by David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archive; Clinton Photo by Diana Walker Photographic Archive

LBJ Library photos by Yoichi Okamoto


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