Intimate photos of JFK and his family that were nearly lost on 9/11 return to the Newseum for a limited time in the exhibit “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” You can win tickets to the Newseum to see this stunning exhibit by following and liking us on Facebook @DCmetromagazine or Instagram @dcmetro_plus
“Creating Camelot” showcases 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 helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.” His extraordinary access to Kennedy’s private and public life allowed him to capture moments that others could not. Lowe’s photos document Kennedy’s rise to power, from his 1958 Senate re-election campaign to the White House, along with intimate scenes of the Kennedys at home. The exhibit also explores how Lowe’s images were used in the news media.
The original negatives of nearly all of the 70 images displayed in “Creating Camelot” were lost forever in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Lowe, who died in May 2001, had stored his negatives of more than 40,000 Kennedy photos in a World Trade Center bank vault. All of the negatives in the vault were lost in the attacks, with the exception of 10 negatives out on loan at the time.
The only existing images from the lost negatives were on Lowe’s contact sheets and prints, which fortunately had been stored in another New York City facility. The Newseum, working closely with the Lowe estate, digitally restored the images to museum quality for the exhibit.
“Creating Camelot” is open through Jan. 7, 2018.
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001