Jacques Lowe

1930-2001

Jacques Lowe’s iconic photographs of the Kennedy family are powerful visual forces that shaped the public perception of president Kennedy and the historical period. The photographs focus both on the story of the president who, in Lowe’s words, “empowered each one of us to believe we could make a difference” and on the intimate relationship between photographer and subject.

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Diner II, Oregon, Breakfast after mass photo fall 1959 [printed 1997] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK, Coos Bay, Oregon photo 1959 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JKF Campaign 1959, Portland, Oregon (JFK’s favorite picture) Photo 1959 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed, numbered paper size > 11.25 x 16.75 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK, in his Senate office photo fall 1952 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK, First unofficial campaign trip photo 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

The New Frontier is here (John F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign) photo 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK (Omaha, Nebraska, Labor Day Weekend) This photograph was the National Campaign Poster photo 1959 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signe paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JKF Campaign, Washington DC photo January 20 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy and Jackie photo 1960 vintage gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 11 x 14 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK, The Oval Office photo 1961 [printed November 15th 1988] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK, The White House Lawn February 1961 vintage gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 9.25 x 13.5 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, the morning after his victory was announced as the Democratic Party’s nominee photo July 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK, Senator Kennedy addressing the combined Massachusetts-Texas caucuses photo 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK and Jackie, Election Morning photo November 8th, 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed image size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Senator Kennedy says goodbye to Jackie and Caroline, Georgetown photo spring 1959 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy and John F.Kennedy at the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles photo July 1960 gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

JFK, Washington DC photo January 19, 1961 [printed 1991] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy and Caroline, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts photo August 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy and Caroline photo summer 1961 [printed later] Color print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

The Kennedys photo 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe
Jacques Lowe

JFK, Jackie and Caroline, Hyannis Port photo 1960 [printed later] color print on AGFA paper, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy painting in Hyannis port with Caroline photograph September 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy and Caroline, Massachusetts photo August 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy and Caroline, The nursery Hyannis, Massachusetts photo summer 1961 vintage gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 14 x 11 inches

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In 1956, Lowe received three independent magazine requests to photograph Chief Counsel Robert Kennedy, all within the same week. As Lowe and Kennedy became acquainted, Lowe was invited to spend weekends at the Kennedy household in Hickory Hill, Virginia. Joseph Kennedy, Sr. was so impressed with Lowe’s photography that he requested Lowe begin to photograph his other son ‘John’. After a couple of meetings, Lowe and John’s relationship become more personal, mostly due to Lowe’s honorable approach to photography. Lowe was then granted unprecedented access to one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, as well as members of his immediate family. His legendary photographs share an intimate view of John F. Kennedy through important moments in his campaign trail and early years of his term as President, as well as his family life. Lowe’s photographs of Jackie Kennedy are some of the most recognized images in recent history.

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign photo 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy presidential campaign: last stop, Hartford, Connecticut photo 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy at a campaign rally, Kansas photo fall 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Joan Bennett Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy on the floor of the convention, Los Angeles photo July 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

The presidential motorcade, Washington DC photo January 20 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy in the Oval office photo March 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office photo May 1961 [printed July 1998] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy dancing with Joan Bennett at her wedding to Edward Kennedy, Bronxville, NY photo November 29, 1958 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy. Inaugural ball, Armory, Washington, DC photo January 20, 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

The Kennedy Family, Hyannis Port, MA photo November 1960 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy, 1960 vintage gelatin silver print paper size > 11 x 13.75 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy. Inaugural festivities, Washington, DC photo January 20, 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy during the state visit in Paris photo June 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy during the state visit in France, at the Palais Elysee photo June 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy. Inaugural ball, Armory, Washington, DC photo January 20, 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size >16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

President Kennedy arriving at the Palais de Chaillot photo June 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

President Kennedy in Paris Place de L’Etoile photo June 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print AP paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy during the state visit in France with General de Gaulle photo June 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, stamped paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

John F. Kennedy with Jackie and Caroline summer 1958 [printed later] gelatin silver print, signed, stamped paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

The Kennedys, Hyannis Port, MA summer 1960 [printed later] C-print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

The Kennedys, Hyannis Port, MA photo August 1960 [printed December 1997] gelatin silver print, signed, dated paper size > 16 x 20 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy and Caroline photo summer 1961 [printed later] gelatin silver print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy, Hyannis Port, MA photo summer 1960 [printed May 22, 1998] C-print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)
Jacques Lowe (1930-2001)

Jackie Kennedy, Hyannis Port, MA photo August 1960 [printed later] C-print, AP, signed paper size > 20 x 16 inches

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Lowe’s archive comprises over 40,000 photographs. WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC exhibited the historical images in the exhibition, My Kennedy Years, which included over 50 photographs by Jacques Lowe (1930-2001) and commemorated the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death.

Lowe died in May 2001, and his original negatives, which were stored in a World Trade Center J.P. Morgan Chase Bank vault, were lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Only 10 negatives, which were out on loan at the time, have survived. The prints on exhibit came from the Estate of Jacques Lowe’s collection of vintage and modern fine art prints, printed and signed by Lowe prior to his death. Accompanying the exhibition was the book, My Kennedy Years: A Memoir by Jacques Lowe, Thames & Hudson.

Photographs © 2012 The Estate of Jacques Lowe