The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns

Sep 252008

Images include Benazir Bhutto moments before her assassination in Pakistan and the barrier-breaking candidates in the 2008 U.S. election

Washington, D.C. - 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.

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

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.