KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD, AND JACQUELINE KENNEDY.
SUERO, ORLANDO, Photographer.
31 Photographs, "Senator John F. and Mrs. Kennedy at home," various sizes, gelatin silver prints, Georgetown, May 1954 (but printed later?), stamped on versos with Three Lions Picture Agency information, and typed carbon press captions taped to verso, some edges slightly rubbed.
Provenance: Max Lowenherz.
Over five days in May 1954, a young photographer named Orlando Suero from Three Lions Picture Agency took over one thousand photographs of a young senator from Massachusetts and his wife in and around their Georgetown duplex. They form a "Day in the Life of the young Kennedy couple." Among the images, Junior Senator John F. Kennedy can be seen discussing a Senate bill with Jacqueline in their living room; on Capitol Hill with Mrs. Kennedy and old chum Lem Billings; in sneakers throwing a football with his brother Robert while his wife and his sister-in-law Ethel fondly look on; sitting in a white t-shirt in the backyard reading while Jacqueline tends the plants. One rare picture shows the future President in reading glasses, something he refused to allow to be photographed later in his political career. (He never let on to Suero that he was suffering severe back pain during the session.)
This group of photographs includes many shots of Mrs. Kennedy on her own talking on the phone, playing records and setting the table at home, walking the dog and hanging a picture painted by her husband. The press captions on the verso of the prints were added after Kennedy became President: "Future leaders of the free world? Hardly anyone thought so, expect perhaps the Kennedys themselves." Although now remembered primarily for his pictures of the Kennedys, Suero shot many of the world's celebrities including Bridget Bardot, Sharon Tate, Diana Ross, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson and Lee Marvin. After Three Lions was sold in 1983, the owner Max Lowenherz donated the bulk of the company's archive of Kennedy photographs and negatives (many of them unpublished) to the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. This collection formed the basis for Orlando Suero and Anne Garside's book Camelot at Dawn (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).