Thursday, November 21, 2013
How We Almost Lost JFK Twice
This week we mark the loss half a century ago of President John F. Kennedy. For that generation, Kennedy’s death was the “where were you” moment. For our generation, the “where were you” moment is September 11th. In the middle of all that devastation, few knew that we “lost” JFK in that moment, too. Locked away in a safe in Five World Trade Center were 40,000 negatives of
photos of the Kennedy circle by photographer and family insider Jacques Lowe.
The trusted photographer of the Kennedys since the late 1950s, Lowe
captured many of the iconic pictures of JFK and Camelot in the making.
Thanks to the magic of modern technology, Lowe’s photographs have been
restored. Those photographs, many never before published, are now united
with Lowe’s recollections in The Kennedy Years: A Memoir.
Lowe’s words and pictures remind us of how Kennedy became our first
modern president in the sense of being the first to take full advantage
of the technologies of the day to project
a particular image to the public, both for personal political gain and
to inspire the nation. We’ll never be able to bring Kennedy himself back
to life, but Lowe’s images and recollections raise the Kennedy myth
from the dead and allow us to recover the best and the brightest of that
moment. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "How We Almost Lost JFK Twice."