In Boston today is John Fitzgerald Kennedy Victory Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960, so I had to share some of my favorite photos. These are by the fantastic Richard Avedon, from the January 3, 1961 session, the results of which were published in Look Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Aren’t they breathtaking? I was lucky enough to see Avedon’s contact sheets from this shoot at the Peabody Essex Museum recently, and I must admit I could have spent hours examining each little image, wondering why Avedon chose the images he did and discarded the others. Some of the photos that didn’t make the cut actually ended up being my favorites. Do you have a favorite photo of JFK and/or Jackie?
All images by Richard Avedon, courtesy of pem.org, and dailymail