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Past Exhibition

Jacques Lowe

My Kennedy Years

Over 50 photographs from the Estate

Curated by James Cavello

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presented the premiere exhibition, My Kennedy Years, which included over 50 photographs by Jacques Lowe (1930-2001). From capturing critical moments during the campaign and the Presidency to preserving personal memories of his family life with the children and Jackie, these images by Lowe reveal a profound and astute characterization of one the 20 th century’s most important figures. The exhibition commemorated the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death. WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC hosted the last photography exhibition during Jacques Lowe's lifetime and offered the My Kennedy Years exhibition as a tribute to Lowe's memory and work.

In 1958, when he met the Kennedys and was hired as the family's personal photographer, Jacques Lowe was 28. This assignment provided him with unprecedented access to the private and professional life of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, as well as the members of his family. Over the next three years, Lowe took over 40,000 images of the couple and their children. The legendary images depict a period starting with Kennedy's 1958 U.S. Senate re-election campaign, to his early years in the White House. Jacques Lowe's photographs were a powerful instrument which shaped the public's perception of the Kennedy family and have remained the essential documentary of the charismatic personality of Jack Kennedy and the historical period. The exhibition recounts both the story of these mythical years and the president who, from Lowe’s perspective, "empowered each one of us to believe we could make a difference", and the story of the relationship between photographer and subject.” Also on exhibit was a video of Jacques Lowe speaking about his Kennedy photographs.

In May of 2001, Lowe died. Only a few months later his negatives, kept in a vault at J.P Morgan Chase Bank’s World TradeCenter location, were destroyed in the September 11th terrorist attacks, with the sole 10 remaining negatives out on loan during this time. The exhibition presented photographs printed and signed by Lowe himself previous to his passing, from his Estate’s collection of modern fine art prints. My Kennedy Years: A Memoir by Jacques Lowe, published by Thames & Hudson, accompanied the exhibition.

Photographs © 2012 The Estate of Jacques Lowe

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1999 - Jazz Masters, Westwood Gallery, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

  • The Kennedy Library Museum, Boston, MA

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

  • 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