JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander's View of History

A selection of images from the exhibitions JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History (at the International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, October 4, 2013 –January 19, 2014).

A selection of images from the exhibitions JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History (at the International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, October 4, 2013 –January 19, 2014).

Assassination of JFK


Mary Moorman, [Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Dallas], November 22, 1963.

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, the event and its aftermath were broadcast to a stunned nation through photography and television. Reporters used dramatic spot news photographs by professional photojournalists as well as snapshots by unsuspecting witnesses to explain the events: the shooting of the President, the hunt for the assassin, the swearing in of the new President, the widow's grief, the funeral, the shooting of Oswald. Viewers interpreted these photographs in various ways: to comprehend the shocking news, to negotiate their grief, to attempt to solve the crime. The combination of personal photographs assuming public significance and subjective interpretations of news images disrupted conventional views of photography as fact or evidence. This exhibit at the ICP examines the imaginative reception of these iconic photographs. Photo: © Mary Ann Krahmer

JFK reaching into crowd


Cornell Capa, [John F. Kennedy reaching into a crowd of supporters, North Hollywood, California], 1960. International Center of Photography, The Robert Capa and Cornell Capa Archive, Gift of Cornell and Edith Capa, 1994. © ICP/Magnum Photos. Photo: © ICP/Magnum Photos.

Connallys and Kennedys in limo


Unidentified Photographer, [Governor John Connally, Nellie Connally, President John F. Kennedy, and Jacqueline Kennedy in presidential limousine, Dallas], November 22, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013.

John F. Kennedy, ca. 1963


Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy], ca. 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Kennedys and Connollys in limo


Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, and Nellie Connally in presidential limousine, Dallas], November 22, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2005. Photo: International Center of Photography, Museum Pur

Lee Harvey Oswald, Dallas


Unidentified Photographer, [Lee Harvey Oswald, Dallas], November 22 or 23, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Jacqueline, Caroline Kennedy


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of Jacqueline Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy during John F. Kennedy's funeral proceedings], November 24, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

LBJ's swearing in ceremony


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of Lyndon B. Johnson's swearing in ceremony aboard Air Force One], November 22, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Four men with Kennedy sign


Unidentified Photographer, [Four men with Kennedy for President poster], 1960. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Presidential limousine, Dallas


Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, and Nellie Connally in presidential limousine, Dallas], November 22, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013 Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Kennedys and Connollys in limo


Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, and Nellie Connally in presidential limousine, Dallas], November 22, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Connallys and Kennedys in limo


Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, and Nellie Connally in presidential limousine, Dallas], November 22, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

JFK and others in convertible


Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy and others in convertible], ca. 1960. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

DNC Kennedy for President


Democratic National Committee, Kennedy for President, 1960. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

John F. Kennedy campaigning


Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy campaigning], October 1960. International Center of Photography, Gift of Nancy and Mitchell Steir, 2012. Photo: ICP, Gift of Nancy and Mitchell Steir, 2012

JFK's flag-covered casket


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of John F. Kennedy's flag-covered casket], November 24, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Horse at JFK's funeral


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of horse at John F. Kennedy's funeral], November 24, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

JFK during presidential debate


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of John F. Kennedy during presidential debate with Richard Nixon], September 26, 1960. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Richard Nixon during debate


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of Richard Nixon during presidential debate with John F. Kennedy], September 26, 1960. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Funeral procession by caisson


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of John F. Kennedy's funeral procession by caisson], November 25, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Lee Harvey Oswald arrested


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of Lee Harvey Oswald taken into custody for alleged assassination of John F. Kennedy], November 22, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Lee Harvey Oswald transported


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of John F. Kennedy's accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald being transported to county jail], November 24, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013

Lee Harvey Oswald last moments


Unidentified Photographer, [Television image of JFKs accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald being transported to county jail moments before being fatally shot by Jack Ruby], November 24, 1963. International Center of Photography, Museum Purchase, 2013. Photo: ICP, Museum Purchase, 2013