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Artist:
Nathan Benn, born 1950  Search this
Sitter:
Fred Rogers, 20 March 1928 - 27 February 2003  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print
Dimensions:
Image: 41.8 × 30.7 cm (16 7/16 × 12 1/16")
Sheet: 51.9 × 42.5 cm (20 7/16 × 16 3/4")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1990 (printed 2015)
Exhibition Label:
Thousands of children across the United States grew up watching the television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, hosted by Fred Rogers. Trained as a minister, Rogers began his career in television as a gofer and later as floor director at NBC Studios. He settled briefly in Canada in the early 1960s, where he first appeared on television in his persona as Mister Rogers. In 1966 Misterogers’ Neighborhood premiered on Pittsburgh’s WQED, and by 1970 the program had been renamed Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and was shown nationwide on PBS stations. Throughout more than 1,700 episodes, Rogers often tackled topics that were unusual for children’s programming—including death and divorce—and always encouraged his young viewers to be respectful and empathetic.
Nathan Benn photographed Rogers and one of his grandchildren in a spontaneous and playful moment, “the result of just hanging out with [Rogers] one day.”
Miles de niños estadounidenses crecieron mirando en televisión el programa Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, animado por Fred Rogers. Aunque educado como ministro presbiteriano, Rogers se inclinó por la carrera televisiva, trabajando primero empleado de producción y luego jefe de piso en los estudios de la NBC. Vivió poco tiempo en Canadá a principios de la década de 1960, y fue allí que por primera vez apareció en televisión con su personaje de Mister Rogers. En 1966 Misterogers’ Neighborhood debutó en la WQED de Pittsburgh; para 1970, retitulado Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, el programa se transmitía a toda la nación por la cadena PBS. A lo largo de más de 1,700 episodios, Rogers abordó en muchas ocasiones temas poco usuales para programas infantiles, tales como la muerte y el divorcio, siempre exhortando a sus jóvenes espectadores a ser respetuosos y solidarios.
Nathan Benn fotografió a Rogers con uno de sus nietos en un momento de espontánea diversión, “un día en que estaba con [Rogers], simplemente pasando el rato”.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Sofa  Search this
Fred Rogers: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Nathan Benn
Object number:
NPG.2015.131
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© 2015 Nathan Benn
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49af40ce3-df13-43e6-9d06-64708ef64826
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2015.131