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Nixon Kennedy: The first televised presidential debate

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Nixon Kennedy: The first televised presidential debate

In 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off before a national TV audience from Chicago.

The Moderator was Howard K. Smith and it was filmed at CBS's WBBM-TV studios. AP photographer Bill Chaplis was on hand to document First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as she hosted a group of Democratic leaders at a television watching party in her Hyannis Port, Massachusetts home.



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Nat Castañeda is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. A California native, Castañeda works primarily in video and collage, with an emphasis on tactile intimacy with her materials remaining an important aspect of all her projects. Common issues in Castañeda’s work are the conflating of iconography and pornography, the questioning of traditional gender binaries, and the role of technology within personal narratives. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has shown at venues such as El Museo del Barrio and Electronic Arts Intermix. In addition to her art practice, Castañeda currently works at The Associated Press where she leads a team that curates AP's online archive of historic and contemporary photojournalism. Castañeda’s photography has appeared in the New York Times,U.S. News & World Report and USA Today.