Lost Kennedy Images on Display in Washington, D.C.

22nd Mar 2013

Credit: Estate of Jacques Lowe

On 12 April, Washington D.C.’s Newseum will open a new exhibit, “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe”.

Hired as the presidential family’s personal photographer in 1958, Lowe’s images shaped the public perception of the family for years to come. These iconic images helped shape the Kennedy’s presidential legacy known as Camelot.

“Creating Camelot” features more than 70 images of the late American president and his family – many of which were thought to be lost forever. More than 40,000 of Lowe’s original negatives were destroyed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of 2001. The only remaining copies of these images were on Lowe’s contact sheets and prints, fortunately stored elsewhere in Manhattan.

Working closely with the Lowe estate, the Newseum digitally restored the images especially for “Creating Camelot”. All remaining contact sheets were given new life by the Newseum’s imaging technicians following more than 600 hours of work to remove scratches, dust and other blemishes. Upon the exhibit’s opening, visitors will not only see the restored images in their full resolution and size, but will be able to view, via touch-screen monitor, more than two dozen of the photographer’s original contact sheets. Many of these feature unpublished images. 

The exhibit will be on display through 5 January 2014. For more information, visit the Newseum’s official website here.