Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys

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A bestselling author goes behind the lens of a legendary photographer to capture a magical time

A consummate photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was sent by United Press International to follow the Kennedy campaign of 1960. The photographer soon befriended the candidate and took many of JFK's best pictures during this time. When Kennedy took office, Tretick was given extensive access to the White House, and the picture magazine Look hired him to cover the president ...

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Overview

A bestselling author goes behind the lens of a legendary photographer to capture a magical time

A consummate photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was sent by United Press International to follow the Kennedy campaign of 1960. The photographer soon befriended the candidate and took many of JFK's best pictures during this time. When Kennedy took office, Tretick was given extensive access to the White House, and the picture magazine Look hired him to cover the president and his family. Tretick is best known today for the photographs he took of President Kennedy relaxing with his children. His photographs helped define the American family of the early sixties and lent Kennedy an endearing credibility that greatly contributed to his popularity. 
Accompanied by an insightful, heartwarming essay from Kitty Kelley—Tretick's close friend—about the relationship between the photographer and JFK, Capturing Camelot includes some of the most memorable images of America's Camelot and brings to life the uniquely hopeful historical era from which it emerged.

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"Caroline holds up a picture postcard to Maria Shriver, who screamed: 'That's the President.' Caroline disagreed: 'No. No. It's not. That's my Daddy." That vignette captures the paradox of public and private, a paradox heightened in the Kennedys' case by the premature deaths of so many of its fathers, sons, husbands, and wives. Capturing Camelot captures that impermanence with the unforgettable Kennedy photographs of Stanley Tretick, a camera man who died the same week as John F. Kennedy Jr.

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Tretick's achievement is the masterful construction of legend through careful framing and omission—and teamwork with his subjects. Indeed JFK choreographed much of this work himself. Captions and text by famed biographer Kelley (Oprah: A Biography) tell how the future president worked diligently to delete silliness and emotional excess from the campaign-trail public record, quickly removing an Indian headdress, for example, or avoiding the lens while eating and eschewing overt affection toward his wife. As a result, when JFK's more candid expressions of worry and joy poke through in Tretick's photos, they prove startling still. Photographer and subject figured out early how to surround Kennedy with children, of whom there were plenty. The effort to soften and humanize the president reaches its apex in the famous image of John Jr. playing under his father's Oval Office desk. Indeed, Tretick spoke openly of his desire to accede to "the family's wishes," proudly reproducing thank-you notes from the proto-royals and admitting matriarch Rose's dissatisfaction with a shot of brother Bobby atop NFL star Rosy Grier's shoulders at a rowdy party. The opposite of Goldin and Avedon's warts-and-all images, Tretick's work is a noteworthy example of unapologetically romantic American portraiture. Agent: WSK Management. (Nov.)
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Praise for Capturing Camelot:

Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys breathes life into this compilation of more than 200 photos, many never before seen until now… Kelley’s moving narrative, along with the sizable, glossy photographs will surely delight any Camelot aficionado!” –Portland Book Review

“A labor-of-love collection of work by the photographer she praises as 'my best friend…a pal without parallel.' … a tribute to a photographer, a president and a time when the former functioned as the world’s eyes into the latter. A pleasant mixture of iconic and surprising shots—a photo book that is ultimately as much about the photographer, and the access he gained, as it is about its subject.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Tretick's achievement is the masterful construction of legend through careful framing and omission--and teamwork with his subjects. Indeed JFK choreographed much of this work himself…. The opposite of Goldin and Avedon's warts-and-all images, Tretick's work is a noteworthy example of unapologetically romantic American portraiture.” –Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for Stanley Tretick:

"President Kennedy's photographic Boswell." —Look Magazine

Praise for the work of Kitty Kelley:

"Kelley has relentlessly probed the intersections between fame, wealth, and influence, raising hackles every time." —New York Times Book Review
 

"If I had to choose between Kitty Kelley's version . . . and, say, Tom Brokaw's, I'd put more trust in the little blonde lady to tell me the truth without fear or favor." —Village Voice
“The most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time.”—William Safire on His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra

"An extraordinary read . . . great history and a great story told.”  —Lou Dobbs on The Family:  The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

 

Kirkus Reviews
Don't let the billing fool you. Though Kelley's books (Oprah, 2010, etc.) are often unauthorized biographies heavily resisted by their subjects, this is a labor-of-love collection of work by the photographer she praises as "my best friend…a pal without parallel." First with United Press International and later with Look, Tretick developed his relationship with the first family into his own personal beat. It was the extraordinary access he gained with the wire service that led to the magazine hiring him, assigning him to shoot an amazing 68 different stories on the president and his family before it ceased publication in 1971. Though Kennedy remains known as the first "TV" president, the intimacy and range of these shots (on horseback, wearing a hard hat or an Indian headdress) reminds readers that in the era before the 24/7 cable-news cycle, a still photographer largely captured the public image of the Camelot presidency. Because "[i]mage was paramount to JFK," the relationship that he and his family had with the photographer had plenty of push-and-pull tension; most of the revealing shots here are also the most intimate, the least guarded. Yet, as Jackie Kennedy (who was most protective of her children's public exposure) said to the photographer, "There's a small group of people who really loved Jack, and you're one of them." There may be some shots here that the Kennedys wouldn't have approved (a few that they resented when published and others that they refused to permit Look to publish), but this book is by no means an exposé. It's a tribute to a photographer, a president and a time when the former functioned as the world's eyes into the latter. A pleasant mixture of iconic and surprising shots--a photo book that is ultimately as much about the photographer, and the access he gained, as it is about its subject.
Library Journal
Assigned by United Press International to cover John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, Stanley Tretick became friendly enough with the candidate to be given access to the White House once Kennedy was elected. Both iconic and never-before-seen shots, with a text by Tretick's friend, best-selling author Kelley. Big.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312643423
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 290,381
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Kitty Kelley

KITTY KELLEY is an internationally acclaimed writer, whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last fifty years. Kelley’s last five books have all been number one on The New York Times bestseller list, including her latest, Oprah: A Biography.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    it's a nice book that you can share to your loevd ones and they

    it's a nice book that you can share to your loevd ones and they will surely liked it,it details more about the life of the Kennedy's.Awesome book....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    To kitty news

    Join Mistpack at alpha result one. Alpha female is Linka and all other are open.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Demonstar to kitty news

    Join Demonclan. We strike fear into our enemies. Join at shapeshifter result two

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    To kitty news

    Advertise Farrah's Adoption Program at orphan results 2-3. For all lost, abused or clanless kits under six moons. Thanks!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Excellent book!

    This book has top notch illustrations/portraits that are well worth the purchase. I highly recommend it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Softstar to kitty news

    We are a new clan called softclan at purple green first result. We would like to join. We will take a subscription. Please in your warriors book aditions advertise us. We need new members.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    TO KITTY NEWS

    Freedom Chasers at free lands result 2 and Skyfallclan at LMFAO first result heres 12 pieces of prey

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    :)

    Can u post weekly in the warriors books? Some ppl r missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    To kitty news

    Can you advertise Birchclan at Whitewood only result? Plz?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    To the Kitty News

    She padded in. "Hello!" She purred, setting down several pieces of prey. "Those are for you.Can you please put some of these things in your newspaper in return for those?"

    CLAN ADVERTISEMENTS:
    SwiftClan, at "White Nights" Second Result
    The Freedom Chasers at "Free and True" Second result
    JayClan at "Blue Snow" First result

    OTHER ADVERTISEMENTS:
    List of Clan names at "Clan Names" first result
    Clan Info at "Clan Info" first result
    Story Writing contest at "Write On" all results.

    STORIES AND IMPORTANT THINGS:

    Some Clans ((Not going to state names; don't want to hurt feelings. But some of those advertisements have been seen at JayClan and SwiftClan)) have been advertising and spamming on several Clan territories, trying to use bribes and raids in order for cats to join or advertise for them. Please, just stop. Advertising on other Clan territories doesn't get you anywhere; in fact it makes cats NOT want to join your Clan.

    Blood has striked again, attacking TigerClan, "killing" Clawstar and Silvergaze, and stealing prey. However, the majority of us ignored him/her, and (s)he soon left. (S)he has been sighted at "Death is Here," presumably the place where (s)he takes requests for cats to kill.

    The large wave of NOOK $€* on the Warrior Cat books has gone down, since most of the advertisements have been moved to "MMS" all results. If you see any of these suggestive ads on the WC books, tell them to either stop or redirect them to "MMS."

    "That's all," she meowed. "I hope you add some of these things I've suggested." She padded away. ((Also, can you send a subscription to SwiftClan at "White Nights," second result? And if you need any help, don't be afraid to contact me :3))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    To kitty news

    Plz write about the new flamingo clan at flamingo first result.
    Also about the forest prey buffet.its at herbs result 19.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Goldenheat

    Plz include thunderclan at goalie all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Fawnkit and Firepaw

    Plz advertize somethingclan@tbrock and News- Rumors are right!Fawnkit joined and was suddenly an impositer!But all tha is sorted out.The main problem is Blood @ shattered death.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    Kitty Kelley does a extraordinary job of drawing you in with her

    Kitty Kelley does a extraordinary job of drawing you in with her exquisite storytelling. You are taken back in time where you imagine what life was like for John F. Kennedy and his family.

    The photojournalist, Stanley Tretick (who was Kitty Kelley's best friend), took beautiful photographs of the Kennedy's. He was an incredibly talented photographer. He captured amazing moments with photos as Kitty Kelley does with words.

    I would define "Capturing Camelot" as a tribute of sorts. A tribute of her best friend Stanley Tretick and of our 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

    "Capturing Camelot" is a "keepsake" of never-before-seen photos and a poignant story. I highly recommend this book.

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    Posted December 14, 2012

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    Posted February 16, 2013

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