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July 25, 2006
Contact: Sarah Gilreath, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-1405.

KU students create Dole Institute exhibit on political photographer PF Bentley

LAWRENCE — Forget the images of staged public appearances all too frequent in political campaigns today. Award-winning photographer PF Bentley went beyond these structured events and gave the public a look inside the everyday life of politicians during election season.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas offers a new exhibit titled “PF Bentley: Behind the Lens of the Dole 1996 Presidential Campaign.” The exhibit opened July 22 — Bob Dole’s 83rd birthday — and features more than 20 black and white photographs.

Bentley began his career in Hawaii in the 1970s photographing local music events. During the 1980s he became a staple on Capitol Hill, covering political events for Time and Newsweek magazines and The Washington Post. Bentley chronicled Dole’s campaign for the presidency beginning in 1995. His photographs appeared in Time throughout the campaign.

The exhibit examines how Bentley achieved his unique style from the photographer’s point of view. Dole Archive summer interns Sarah Gilreath and Jennifer Donnally researched Bentley and created the exhibit from photographs and artifacts belonging to the archive. Donnally graduated from KU in spring 2006 with a bachelor’s in history and philosophy. Gilreath will graduate in fall 2006 with a bachelor’s in history.

“Bentley’s work reflects a side of Sen. Dole most of us never see. Our Dole summer archive interns have created a remarkable exhibit highlighting these rarely displayed photographs,” said Jean Bischoff, senior archivist at the Dole Institute.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 30 and is free and open to the public. The Dole Institute is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit the Dole Archive Web site.

From Lawrence
Jennifer Marie Donnally is the daughter of Reaumur and Mary Donnally. She received bachelor’s degrees in history and in philosophy at KU in spring 2006. She is a Lawrence High School graduate.

From Emporia
Sarah Lindsey Gilreath, senior in history, is the daughter of Rodney and Ilah Gilreath. She is an Emporia High School graduate.


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