The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family

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Printed in four-color black and white on heavy matte art stock, this book presents for the first time, over 100 gorgeous pictures of the John F. Kennedys taken by Richard Avedon on the eve of John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Of these images, more than 75 have never been published in any form.

In the early 1960s, Richard Avedon was commissioned by Harper's Bazaar to create a series of ten photo essays. His first essay, "Avedon: Observations on the 34th First Family" (The typo ...

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Overview

Printed in four-color black and white on heavy matte art stock, this book presents for the first time, over 100 gorgeous pictures of the John F. Kennedys taken by Richard Avedon on the eve of John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Of these images, more than 75 have never been published in any form.

In the early 1960s, Richard Avedon was commissioned by Harper's Bazaar to create a series of ten photo essays. His first essay, "Avedon: Observations on the 34th First Family" (The typo belongs to Harper's Bazaar, as Kennedy was the 35th president) appeared in the February 1961 issue. The column included six direct, calm, poised, self-assured, black-and-white portraits of John F. Kennedy and his family-all taken on the eve of the inauguration. That same day, Avedon took color portraits of all four Kennedys sitting in the sun by the sea in Palm Beach. One of these images became the cover of the February 28 issue of LOOK magazine, and 11 more color and black-and-white photographs by Avedon appeared inside. Just before the magazine hit the newsstands and was delivered to over six and half million people, a set of 21 photographs, comprised mostly of the LOOK photographs, were released by the White House and appeared in newspapers across the country on February 13 and 14, 1961.

In addition to the Harper's Bazaar, LOOK, and public relations photographs issued by the White House, this book features a selection of more than 75 outstanding images from the Harper's Bazaar photo session that have never been seen before. Avedon donated more than 200 images of the session to the Smithsonian. Photography curator Shannon Perich, who is on staff at the National American Museum of History, has culled an incredible array of images from that donation for this book, which tells the story of the photographs shot on January 3, 1961, the story of a legendary first family -- and critically examines the work of a legendary photographer.

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Culled from the archives of the Smithsonian, this stunning portfolio collects 75 previously unpublished photographs of John and Jacqueline Kennedy and their two children taken by Richard Avedon, one of the most distinguished portrait photographers of our day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641927508
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Avedon chronicled the latter half of the twentieth century with powerful portraits of artists, intellectuals, political figures, and events of the time. In a career spanning six decades, he turned fashion photography into an art form and reinvented the genre of photographic portraiture. His work is a vital part of the canon of the history of photography, and his donations of his work to the Smithsonian Institution have created a significant legacy of some of his most important images, including those in this book.

Shannon Thomas Perich is an associate curator in the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, where she has worked for more than ten years. She holds a master's degree in museum studies from George Washington University as well as a B.F.A. in photography from the University of Arizona.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    A good book!

    A good book!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    This is a peek at The Kennedy's during some of the more happier and beautiful days while in office.

    While just loking at the photos it feels like your "family" album. Very
    warm and touching. Avedon's talent for storytelling using photographs speaks volumes of a time that was all too soon taken from us.

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