Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, Washington D.C., USA
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President
John F. Kennedy, the Newseum is bringing back Creating Camelot, one of its most popular exhibits. This stunning exhibit features more than 70 intimate and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, first Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and their children, Caroline and John, taken by Kennedy’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe. Lowe’s photographs of the Kennedys helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as ‘Camelot’. His extraordinary access to Kennedy’s private and public life allowed him to document Kennedy’s rise to power along with intimate scenes of the family at home. The original negatives were stored in a vault in the World Trade Center, and all were lost in the September 11 attacks, however his contact sheets and prints were elsewhere. Newseum has seven levels of interactive exhibits, 15 galleries and 15 theatres with other highlights including the 9/11 Gallery, the Berlin Wall Gallery, Inside Today’s FBI and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, where you can see photographs from every prize-winning entry dating back to 1942. newseum.org
Above: This photo of John F. Kennedy at a 1959 press conference in Omaha, Neb., was widely used on his presidential campaign materials. Jacqueline Kennedy later chose this image for her husband’s memorial card. Photo Credit: Estate of Jacques Lowe.