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Jacques Lowe
Cape Cod Summer, Jackie in Hyannis Port

1960

About the Item

What do you do when, as a photographer, you are told your image archive is so precious that it's uninsurable? The answer for Jacques Lowe, whose images helped create the legend of John F Kennedy, was to store them in JP Morgan's seemingly impregnable vault in Tower 5 of New York's World Trade Center. But then 9/11 came, and his life's work went with it. Jacques Lowe became John F Kennedy's presidential campaign photographer in 1960 and, after his election victory over Richard Nixon, became the first family's personal photographer after turning down an official White House photographer role. It was a wise decision to decline the restrictive job on staff in favour of unprecedented access to the family both in and out of Washington. Kennedy's term in office became known as one of the most captivating periods of 20th-century US history, and Lowe was on hand to document what went on behind the scenes. Disillusioned after Kennedy's 1963 assassination and the further shootings that claimed the lives of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the German-born Lowe returned to Europe in 1968. His Kennedy negatives meant so much to him that he bought an extra seat for them on the plane to France. And 33 years later, another aeroplane was to decide the fate of the images that had defined him as a photographer.
  • Creator:
    Jacques Lowe (1930-2001, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1960
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 20 in (50.8 cm)Width: 16 in (40.64 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Signed and numbered in ink on recto Edition 33/75.
  • Gallery Location:
    Santa Monica, CA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU14958653
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