The Enterprise

May 10, 2018

The John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis is open for the season after drawing a record number of visitors in 2017. The season’s special exhibit is “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.”

The traveling exhibit was created by the interactive Newseum in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Jacques Lowe Estate.
Mr. Lowe’s iconic images helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency that later became known as Camelot.

Thanks to his unprecedented access during the presidential campaign Mr. Lowe was able to photograph intimate images; before the Kennedys images like that had never been used in politics.

The exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of President Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, and their children, Caroline and John, taken by their personal photographer. The original negatives of nearly all of the 70 images displayed in “Creating Camelot” were lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Mr. Lowe, who died in May 2001, had stored his negatives of more than 40,000 Kennedy photographs in a World Trade Center bank vault. All of the negatives in the vault were lost in the attacks, with the exception of 10 negatives out on loan at the time.