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.
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.
Jacques Lowe is an internationally renowned photographer and photo journalist who is best known for his portraiture of the leading personalities of our time, nationally and internationally, in politics, business, and the entertainment world.
In 1951, Mr. Lowe was a prize winner in LIFE magazine's contest for young photographers, after which Roy Stryker, the grand old man of photography, gave him an eight week assignment in Europe.
Starting in 1953 as a contributor to JUBILEE magazine he won numerous awards for his photo journalistic work among gypsies and other minorities.
He went on to contribute to such magazines as TIME, LIFE, LOOK, The Saturday Evening Post, Ladie's Home Journal, Paris Match, Epoca, Stern, and many others, and he was a staff photographer at Collier's Magazine at the time that journal folded.
In 1956, through his work, he befriended Robert F. Kennedy who had been appointed majority counsel to the McClellan Committee. In 1958 Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, who admired his work, asked him to photograph his "other son, Jack."
That assignment led to his becoming the Official Campaign Photographer of John F. Kennedy's quest for the presidency and, when elected, the personal photographer of President Kennedy. Although offered the White House Photographer's job Lowe declined, but the president asked him to "stick around and record my administration. Don't worry, I'll make it worth your while."
His work for the campaign, the Kennedy White House, and the Kennedy family has resulted in six books, numerous exhibitions from the USA to Moscow, several prime time television shows, and some 150 major magazine pieces and covers. Reviewers have credited Lowe's "natural, warm, and intimate images of the president and his family and the workings of the presidency with keeping alive the Kennedy flame for generations yet to come."
Following his work at the Kennedy White House Lowe returned to his studio in New York where he renewed his magazine, advertising and corporate photography work. His clients ranged from AT&T to Hertz Cars, from DuPont to United Airlines He won numerous gold and silver art director's awards for his commercial work.
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
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
> 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
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