Power & protest: Cedar Rapids museum exhibits faces and facets of political realm

CEDAR RAPIDS — Photojournalism in the United States dates back to the Civil War battlefields, but those depictions often were staged, setting up scenes with bodies and guns or waiting for just the right light, said Kate Kunau, associate curator at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

“Photography is never quite as truthful as we sometimes think it is. It’s never as simple or as documentary as we think it is,” she said, noting that the Civil War photographers had to carry around unwieldy equipment.

“It has a very interesting history. Nowadays we can take…

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