For Immediate Release: September 30, 1997
Contacts: Larry Hackman
816-268-8200 , Ext. 223
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
or Dean Davison
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


Photographs by George Tames, 1944-1974

(Independence, Mo.) - As a photographer for The New York Times, George Tames witnessed history. For 30 years, he photographed Presidents in their most private and public moments. Moments of triumph and sorrow; from an ebullient Dwight Eisenhower surrounded by supporters at the 1952 Republican Convention, to John F. Kennedy hunched over his desk, obviously weighed down by the strains of his job.

When Tames died in 1994, his widow, Frances O. Tames, donated 99 of his photographs to the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. "Image of the President: Photographs by George Tames, 1944-1974" is an exhibition of 27 of these photographs that goes on view at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum Oct. 15 and runs through Jan. 15, 1998. The exhibition was organized by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is enhancing the exhibition with material from its own archives. Included is a short 16mm film shot by President Truman with a movie camera given to him by the White House News Photographers Association, known as the "One More Club" One of the photographers edited and titled the film, and it will be shown publicly for the first time during the Tames exhibition.

The photo exhibition includes:

George Tames was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the shadow of the Capitol. His journalistic instinct was formed by great respect for the democratic process. "The Capitol and the White House, their inhabitants and would-be inhabitants, have been my subjects for a half-century," Tames wrote in Eye on Washington: The Presidents Who've Known Me. "Some I thought of as friends as well as subjects. All of them I came to know well, for the same camera lens that flatters also reveals."

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of nine Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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