The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns

Images include Benazir Bhutto moments before her assassination in

Pakistan and the barrier-breaking candidates in the 2008 U.S. election

Sep 26, 2008, 01:00 ET from International Center for Journalists

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International
 Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will preview its photo exhibit called the
 Power of Elections on Oct. 1 at the Paley Center for Media in New York. The
 collection includes striking images of political campaigns in more than 15
 countries over more than 40 years - all taken by top photojournalists.
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     The exhibit features famous leaders campaigning for high office, from
 Lyndon Johnson stumping for Bobby Kennedy on the streets of Brooklyn in
 1964 to George W. Bush and his family anxiously awaiting election results
 in 2000. It spotlights groundbreaking elections: the first contested
 presidential race in Egypt, for example, and the first vote that put a
 representative from the lowest caste into India's Parliament.
     Included are events that changed the course of history -- the Orange
 Revolution in Ukraine and the Solidarity movement in Poland -- as well as
 failed attempts at democracy, including Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle against
 the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies in
 Zimbabwe before Robert Mugabe's crackdown.
     The participating photojournalists are among the best in the business:
 David Burnett, Arthur Grace, Carol Guzy, David Hume Kennerly, Wally and Win
 McNamee, John Moore, and many others. They have won Pulitzer Prizes and
 World Press Photo awards. The work of up-and-coming photojournalists from
 the developing world is also on display, as well as photos by ICFJ trainers
 who worked with photojournalists abroad.
     "Photojournalists are often the unsung heroes of our profession,
 working on the front lines and putting their lives at risk," said ICFJ
 President Joyce Barnathan. "This exhibit is a tribute to them and the
 amazing work they do in the public interest."
     The photographers donated these images to ICFJ for a silent auction.
 Proceeds will be used for programs designed to advance quality journalism
 worldwide and to purchase camera equipment for participating photographers
 from the developing world. Bids for these prints can be made online at
     The exhibit at the Paley Center is open to the public from Oct. 3
 through Nov. 5. It will travel to Washington, DC, for the ICFJ Awards
 Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Nov.
 12, when the bidding will close.
     A panel discussion called The Power of Elections: Photojournalism and
 the Democratic Process will also take place at 6:30 pm on Oct. 1 at the
 Paley Center. Moderated by Foreign Affairs Editor James F. Hoge, Jr.,
 panelists include contributing photojournalists Gary Fabiano, Timothy
 Fadek, Christopher Hondros, and John Smock, as well as International Center
 for Journalists President Barnathan and BusinessWeek Assistant Managing
 Editor for International and Policy Christopher Power. For tickets and more
 information, visit
     For more information on the ICFJ Awards Dinner on Nov. 12, visit ICFJ's
 Web site at
     The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional
 organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that
 independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition.
 Aiming to raise the standards of journalism, ICFJ offers hands-on training
 workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to journalists
 and media managers around the globe. For more information, visit
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     Joyce Barnathan

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