Art professor describes poignant details in last photo of JFK and Jackie
November 22nd, 2013
In honor of the 50 year anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Business Insider ran an excerpt from Professor of Art David Lubin’s book, “Shooting Kennedy: JFK And The Culture Of Images.” The piece focuses on Life’s full-page color photo of John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, arriving at Love Field airport in Dallas, Texas. The image was the feature shot for the magazine’s coverage of the assassination.
Lubin writes: It is impossible to look at this image with a historically innocent eye. It comes to us today, as it did to viewers in 1963, replete with the poignancy of the conditional. The principals in the photograph, frozen in history, are forever poised on the precipice, about to suffer—he to die, she to scream—and Lyndon Johnson, that minor bumbling character who can be seen bending over behind Jackie, about to become the most powerful man in the world.
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