John F. Kennedy and his family were one of the most-loved first families in American history. Their lives captivated the American public — and the world — and his untimely death devastated all.
This Friday, February 13, the National Constitution Center will open Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a traveling exhibition that features more than 70 photographs that capture both the public and private moments of the Kennedy family’s life. All photographs in the exhibition were taken by Jacques Lowe, the Kennedy’s personal photographer.
The traveling exhibition comes from the Newseum in Washington D.C. where the folks at the Newseum worked closely with the Jacques Lowe Estate to create the exhibition.
The in-depth look at the lives of John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and John Jr., will remain on display through September 7.
The exhibition is named for a quote famously said by Jackie Kennedy, “There will be great presidents again… but there will never be another Camelot,” which referred to one of her husband’s favorite musicals and added light to one of the darkest moments in American history. This later went on to establish the image of the Kennedy presidency as “Camelot.”
Made up of more than 70 intimate photographs, Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe gives viewers a look at the life of the Kennedy family from 1958 to 1961. Both public and private moments make up the photos in the exhibition and all photographs were taken by Jacques Lowe, the Kennedy’s personal photographer.
Lowe used the photographs to help Kennedy win the presidency by capturing moments that would resonate with the American people. The photographs became an important political tactic for JFK.
Lowe’s negatives of the photographs of the Kennedy family were stored in a vault in the World Trade Center and the 40,000 negatives were lost in the attacks on 9/11.
From more than 1,600 scanned contact sheets and prints, all of which were marked with scratches, dust or colored pen, a group of about 70 images were painstakingly restored by folks from the Newseum after 600 hours of work to become this remarkable traveling exhibition.
The photos capture poignant moments in history — like JFK asking Lyndon Johnson to be his Vice President — were captured by Lowe, and Lowe only.
Broken up chronologically and by photo location, the exhibition delves into the life of the Kennedy’s. The exhibition is broken into a variety of categories including life at their summer home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, their pre-presidential home in Georgetown, Kennedy’s early campaign, Jackie Kennedy and the inauguration.
A touch screen monitor allows museum guests to explore more than 20 of Jacques Lowe’s original contact sheets. Guests are able to swipe from contact sheet to contact sheet and even zoom in on certain photographs — all marked with the original markings by Lowe to note which photos would be submitted to publications.
The exhibition also promises a film about the Kennedy family and Jacques Lowe.
Opening weekend of Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe coincides with Presidents’ Day weekend when the NCC will be hosting a variety of special events in honor of our Presidents — including JFK.
On Monday, February 16, the National Constitution Center will offer free admission to all guests, courtesy of TD Bank, so take up the opportunity to check out the new exhibition during its opening weekend — for free.
Beyond opening weekend, admission to the NCC is discounted to $10 for adults and $5 for children through March 31.
Access to the exhibition is included in the price of general admission.
Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe at the National Constitution Center
When: February 13-September 7
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Through March 31, $10 reduced admission for adults, $5 reduced admission for children; After March 31, included in museum admission; $14.50, adults; $13, seniors, students, youth; $8, children (4-12); free, members, active military and children under 3
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org