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Newseum’s Exhibit “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” in Washington, DC, USA: Sept. 29, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

Newseum recently announced that it is bringing back a popular exhibit, “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe,” to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy

The following video presents Restoring the Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe:
“The Newseum’s “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” features intimate, behind-the-scenes images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy and their children, Caroline and John. Lowe was 28 when he met the Kennedys in 1958 and was hired as the family’s personal photographer. Lowe’s photos span from Kennedy’s 1958 U.S. Senate re-election campaign through his early years in the White House. The iconic images helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as Camelot.

 This photo of John F. Kennedy at a 1959 press conference in Omaha, Neb., was widely used on his presidential campaign materials. (Estate of Jacques Lowe)

This photo of John F. Kennedy at a 1959 press conference in Omaha, Neb., was widely used on his presidential campaign materials. (Estate of Jacques Lowe)

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May 09, 2017

Kennedy Photo Exhibit Returns to Newseum as Part of Yearlong JFK Centennial Celebration

Photos Thought Lost Forever in Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks Were Restored for the Exhibit

WASHINGTON — To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, the Newseum is bringing back one of its most popular exhibits, “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” After a successful run in 2013, the exhibit returns to the Newseum as part of a yearlong celebration of Kennedy’s birth, spearheaded by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the National Archives and Records Administration. The exhibit will open at the Newseum on Sept. 29, 2017, and will be on display through Jan. 7, 2018.

“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” Image Courtesy of Newseum

“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” Image Courtesy of Newseum

“Creating Camelot” is a stunning photo exhibit that showcases more than 70 intimate and iconic images of President Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and their children, Caroline and John, taken by Kennedy’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe.

“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” Image Courtesy of Newseum

“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” Image Courtesy of Newseum

Lowe’s photographs of the Kennedys 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 events 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.

“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” Image Courtesy of Newseum

“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” Image Courtesy of Newseum

The original negatives of nearly all of the 70 images displayed in “Creating Camelot” were lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Lowe, who died in May 2001, had stored the negatives of more than 40,000 Kennedy photos in a World Trade Center bank vault. All of the negatives in the vault were lost, with the exception of 10 negatives out on loan at the time.

To create the exhibit, Newseum imaging technicians digitally scanned the surviving contact sheets and prints, which were never meant to be used in place of negatives for printmaking. The technicians spent more than 600 hours working to remove scratches, dust and other blemishes from the images. The restoration work created a comprehensive digital archive of Lowe’s Kennedy photographs and enables the Newseum to exhibit the photos at a resolution and size at which they had never before been seen.

About the Newseum

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