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Jacques Lowe

Jacques Lowe's iconic photographs of the Kennedy family are powerful visual forces that shaped the public perception of the Kennedy presidency, family and the historical period. The gallery exhibition focused 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.

Lowe was a 26 year old freelance journalist in 1956 when he was assigned by three magazines within the same week to photograph Chief Counsel Robert Kennedy. They became friends and Lowe soon was invited to spend weekends at Kennedy's Hickory Hill home in Virginia. Joseph Kennedy, Sr. was impressed with Lowe's photographs and requested he photograph his other son 'John'. Although the initial meeting between Lowe and Senator Jack Kennedy was not an auspicious start, the relationship soon changed course due to Lowe's honorable approach to his photographs and he was provided unprecedented access to one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, as well as members of his family. These legendary images share an intimate view of John F. Kennedy as he was on the intense campaign trail, important moments during the early years of his term as President and family moments with his wife Jackie and his children. The archive comprises over 40,000 images.

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC exhibited the historical photographs 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 assassination.


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Lowe died in May 2001, and his original negatives, which were stored in a World Trade Center J.P. Morgan Chase Bank 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 exhibition 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.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 - Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, Durham Museum, Omaha, NE

  • 2015 - Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2014 - My Kennedy Years, Westwood Gallery, NYC

  • 2013 - Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, Newseum, Washington, D.C.

  • 2013 - Jacques Lowe: My Kennedy Years, Proud Chelsea, London

  • 2000 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Tribute, Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, TX

  • 2000 - Kennedy, the American Dream, Athens, Greece

  • 2000 - Kennedy, the American Dream, London, England

  • 2000 - Kennedy, the American Dream, Berlin, Germany

  • 1999 - Jazz Masters, Westwood Gallery, NYC

  • 1998 - Jacques Lowe: The Kennedy Years, JFK, RFK, and Jackie Remembered, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA

  • 1998 - Kennedy and King: An American Dream, The Palm Beach Photographic Center, Del Ray, FL

  • 1998 - Jacques Lowe: JFK Remembered, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 1998 - JFK Remembered, Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.

  • 1998 - Kennedy, the American Dream, UNESCO, Paris

  • 1997 - Jacques Lowe: Kennedy Years, A Portrait, Leica Gallery, NYC

  • 1996 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Tribute , Union Station, Washington,D.C.

  • 1996 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Tribute, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL

  • 1996 - American Festival, City Hall, Lille, France

  • 1991 - The Hall of Journalism, Moscow, Soviet Union

  • 1990 - Centre Photographique Ville de Paris, Pompidou, Paris

  • 1984 - Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland



Group Exhibitions

  • 2014 - Portraits of the 20th Century, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 1998 - National Press Photographers Pictures of the Year Awards, Newseum, Washington, D.C.

  • 1995 - Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

  • 1994 - American Politicians: Photographs from 1843 to 1993, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

  • 1990 - Month of Photography, Paris

  • Museum of Modern Art, NYC

  • The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, TX

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

  • The Kennedy Library Museum, Boston, MA

  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

  • Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • The Kennedy Legacy: A Generation Later, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Remembering Jack: Intimate and Unseen Photographs of the Kennedys, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • What Kids Do, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Portrait: The Emergence of John F. Kennedy, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Her fashion, Her home, Her words, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • JFK: A Time for Greatness, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Kennedy: A Time Remembered, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Camelot: The Kennedy Years, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Jazz: Photographs of the Masters, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Looking at Photographs (series), Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Looking at Paintings (series), Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Kentucky: A Celebration of American Life, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Celebration at Persepolis, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Pilgrimage: Pope John Paul II Visits the Dominican Republic, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • The Incredible Music Machine, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • The Geneva Handbook, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Queen’s Greatest Pix, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • JFK Remembered, Photographs by Jacques Lowe

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: The Making of a First Lady, Photographs by Jacques Lowe