JFK photo exhibit captures Kennedys in public, private moments

Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:44pm EST
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By Ellen Freilich

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 50 photographs of John F. Kennedy, offering a behind-the-scenes record of JFK's private and public life during his presidential campaign and first year in the White House, comprise "My Kennedy Years," a new exhibit of signed and dated photographs by Jacques Lowe.

The exhibit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, runs through January 31, 2014, at the Westwood Gallery in New York.

Lowe became the official photographer of Kennedy's presidential campaign and was his personal photographer in The White House.

The exhibit draws on material from Lowe's personal photo archives and previously unpublished interviews and oral histories the photographer took part in before his death in 2001.

Margarite Almeida, co-owner of the Westwood Gallery, said the photographs captured the relentless presidential campaign and intimate family moments that shaped the public's view of the Kennedy family.

"Jacques was given unprecedented access to the private and professional life of one of the most celebrated leaders of the 20th century, as well as members of his family," Almeida said.

The photos show Kennedy speaking to increasingly large and enthusiastic crowds during his 1959-60 campaign for the Democratic nomination and the presidency.

During Kennedy's first year in the White House, Lowe captured him conferring with French President Charles de Gaulle and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.   Continued...

The new, permanent eternal flame is shown at the gravesite (L) of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron