Mark Shaw Archive Shows JFK Family Photos at The Dianich
This Gallery Walk, The Dianich Gallery at 139 Main Street enters its second month of exhibiting photographer Mark Shaw's intimate portraits of John F. Kennedy, Jackie, and their young family during the Camelot Years. The gallery, located in the Hooker-Dunham Building and accessible via the alleyway between the Robert H. Gibson River Garden and the Hooker-Dunham, will hold a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception for the show.
The exhibit features rare photos from Mark Shaw, the unofficial family photographer for the Kennedys, who famously captured the family both in public appearances on the campaign trail and at JFK's Senate office, as well as intimate snapshots of their private life at their Georgetown residence and at the family compound in Hyannis Port. These exceptional photos, some of which have never before been exhibited and some of which have been shown nationally and internationally, are on display here in Brattleboro with the help and permission of Dummerston resident David Shaw, founder of the archive, and Juliet Cuming, the archive's Director.
After first photographing Jackie Kennedy for a Life Magazine spread in 1959, Shaw developed a close friendship and working relationship with the John F. Kennedys, allowing him unprecedented access to the familyís private and public life. Shaw began photographing the family while JFK was still a senator running for president, and went on to see the Kennedys through many of the major events of their political life—the campaign, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Pablo Casals' concert at the White House, among others—and throughout captured some of his most famous photographs. The exhibition at The Dianich Gallery features over twenty of the Kennedy prints as well as a selection from Shaw's extensive portfolio of fashion photography for Life Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue. Captions with Shaw's original notes and reflections on the photos he took, provide a rich context.
As we draw nearer to the close of a turbulent election season, viewers may find some comfort in these photographs from an exceptional era of American political history. "In these political times, I felt that the photographs were especially relevant," said curator Catherine Dianich Gruver. "They serve as a reminder of a sense of optimism and idealism that many people wish to reconnect with. I think it's such an important exhibit for our times."
In addition to rare vintage prints of some images, limited-edition prints are now available for purchase. The show will close at the end of December. For further information on print acquisition and gallery appointments, call (802) 380-1607. — Madeline Conley
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