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American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times

Senator John F. Kennedy, 1957

Senator John F. Kennedy, 1957
Photo, Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos.

American Visionary: John F.Kennedy’s Life and Times 

Saturday 5 – Sunday 20 May 2018

Opening hours 

To see the display visit LG1, opposite the Glasshouse and adjacent to the eastern entrance to the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.

This display depicts a golden age of photojournalism in America — and no single politician was photographed more than JFK. Photographers and newsreel cameramen used images of Kennedy and his young family to convey a vision of a new America, a sophisticated world power engaged in building a bright future for its citizens. Kennedy, in turn, understood the power of pictures to convey his message to voters and was a willing partner in crafting his public persona to help build support for the space program, the Peace Corps, legislation on Civil Rights and immigration, equal pay for women, federal health insurance for the elderly—initiatives that would ensure a more diverse and egalitarian America.

This exhibition is based on the book JFK: A Vision for America and is organised by Lawrence Schiller of Wiener Schiller Productions. It was organised in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation with additional support from Stephen Kennedy Smith and Getty Images.

This exhibition is in collaboration with Head On Photo Festival and The US Consulate.


A photo booth portrait, possibly taken during the Kennedy's honeymoon travels.

A photo booth portrait, possibly taken during their honeymoon travels, 1953.
Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.