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Impressions on Presidential portraits

Here are photographs of past presidents. What image does the photo project? Does this person look stupid, powerful or weak, effective or ridiculous? What does the photo tell you about the political views of the editor who chose to publish this picture rather than another?

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Photographic images provide glimpses into personal character - good or bad. The choice of photograph reveals not only things about the subject, but also about the publisher of the image. My personal impressions of the image projected by various Presidential portraits listed below.

Abraham Lincoln
What image does the photo project? Serious, studious, no-nonsense, capable, and non-frivolous. Does this person look stupid, powerful or weak, effective or ridiculous? Strong of mind and capable. Not weak. What does the photo tell you about the political views of the editor who chose to publish this picture rather than another? A pro-Lincoln portrait, not one intended to make him appear a buffoon.

Bill Clinton
What image does the photo project? Friendly, affable, congenial, business-like. Does this person look stupid, powerful or weak, effective or ridiculous? Emphasizes his friendly nature, much less studious than Lincoln's portrait. What does the photo tell you about the political views of the editor who chose to publish this picture rather than another? Also pro-president image, focusing on his approachability.

FDR
What image does the photo project? Friendly, capable, powerful businessman, wants to ...

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Photographic images provide glimpses into personal character - good or bad. The choice of photograph reveals not only things about the subject, but also about the publisher of the image. Impressions of the image projected by various Presidential portraits.

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