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RIT exhibit to feature Bernie Boston’s images of 5 presidents

Rochester Institute of Technology has a new exhibit, “Everyday with the President: Bernie Boston Photographs, 1967-1992.” The exhibit includes photographs of five U.S. presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

The exhibit, featuring the works of the late Boston, an RIT alumnus, opens Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the William Harris Gallery on the Henrietta campus and runs through Nov. 11.

The opening reception for the exhibit runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and has a faculty panel starting at 5 p.m. The panel will discuss campaign commercials and campaign rhetoric, officials said.

Those on the panel are Sarah Burns, assistant professor of political science; Grant Cos, director of graduate programs and associate professor in the School of Communication; Michael Brown, visiting assistant professor of history; Kelly Martin, assistant professor in the School of Communication; and Sean Sutton, associate professor of political science.

Boston graduated from RIT in 1955. He was a photographer for major newspapers and he was White House news photographer, which gave him unique access to the presidents, officials said.

The works were drawn from drawn from the Bernie Boston Collection in RIT Archive Collections.

“A primary aim of his work was to distill and portray the intimate character of each president, not the well-honed persona specially designed for media consumption,” writes Therese Mulligan, professor and chairwoman of RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, in a catalog for a 2006 exhibit.

Boston also photographed a young protestor placing a carnation in the rifle barrel of a soldier at a 1967 anti-war march on the Pentagon, which earned him second place for the Pulitzer Prize in news photography.

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