Remembering Jack. Intimate and unseen photographs of the Kennedys
Upon Jacque Lowe’s death, commentators credited his pictures with creating the myth of Camelot. Lowe’s photographs of the Kennedys, taken during his span as JFK’s personal photographer, have become the iconic imagery of a time that remains vividly etched in the national psyche. Of Lowe’s 40,000 photographs of the Kennedys, only a few hundred have ever been seen. Authorized by the Lowe estate, REMEMBERING JACK–which is being published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of JFK’s death–features more than 600 pictures, half of which are previously unpublished. All of Lowe’s original negatives were housed in a bank vault in the World Trade Center and were destroyed on 9/11/01. The book includes an introduction by Tom Wolfe, Lowe’s friend and photo subject for 40 years. Hugh Sidey, who was traveling with Kennedy when he was assassinated, writes the commentary, while Thomasina Lowe chronicles her father’s work and legacy. The focus, however, remains on the pictures–a poignant evocation of the charm, youth, high spirits, and legend of the Kennedys, all tinged with a sense of loss.