Elections 2016: “The Family 1976”


THE FAMILY 1976, By Richard Avedon

Early this year we asked Richard Avedon – one of the world’s greatest photographers – to cover America’s bicentennial presidential election. Our original idea was to publish a chronicle of the campaign – the candidates and the conventions – from beginning to end. Shortly after accepting our commission, Mr. Avedon called to say that there was more to the election than met the eye; that the real story was not simply the candidates, but a broad group of men and women-some of whom we had never heard of before – who constitute the political leadership of America.

Thus began a special issue of ROLLING STONE, collection of 73 portraits. This project was edited by Renata Adler, author of Toward a Radical Middle and the recently published novel Speedboat. Aside from the accompanying Who s Who biographies, there is no text; we think the portraits speak for themselves. Rolling Stone, October 21, 1976, p. 5.

A. Philip Randolph p. 54 and George Meany p.55.

Jimmy Carter p. 56 and Gerald Ford– p. 57.

Katharine Graham p. 60 and Nelson Rockefeller p. 61.

Ronald Reagan p. 70 and Walter Annenberg p. 71.

Bella Abzug p. 74 and Melvin Laird p. 75.

I.F. Stone, Pete Rozelle, Edward Wilson and Daniel Boorstin p. 86 and A.M. Rosenthal p. 87

Richard Avedon (1923-2004), Rolling Stone, “The Family: 1976,” October 21, 1976 (43.2005)

To celebrate the circus (sometimes scary, sometimes funny) and the gravitas of the current Presidential elections here in America, this is one of a series of blog posts (not in a logical, chronological or alphabetical order) of photographs, made by a variety of photographers – from famous to forgotten, that document the campaigns of politicians and the protests against political leadership around the world. (This post, of printed portraits of people from presidents to publishers contains links to Wikipedia pages.) Elections 2016.

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