‘Tis the Season… for political conventions!

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

A tribute to the Kennedys, during this political week when Caroline Kennedy so poignantly paid tribute to her uncle, Ted Kennedy, at the Democratic National Convention. Photographer Jacques Lowe first met Robert Kennedy in 1956, when he photographed Kennedy while he was serving as majority counsel for the committee investigating the Teamsters union. He continued on to photograph Bobby Kennedy’s young family at home, and later to photograph John F. Kennedy’s family at home, on the campaign trail, and eventually in the White House. This book is great fun to page through. Some standouts include the photo of the young Senator, his wife, and his baby daughter (who is chewing on her mother’s soon-to-be-famous pearl necklace); behind-the-scenes photos of the 1960 presidential campaign (including some neat photos on their airplane the Caroline); and the photos of Robert and Ethel Kennedy at home with their many children. This was one photogenic family. Looking at those early photos, before tragedy had struck, makes me wish all over again that things could have turned out differently.