WASHINGTON (AP) – The Smithsonian Institution is displaying nine photographs of President John F. Kennedy and his family by photographer Richard Avedon ahead of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s inauguration.
The photographs installed this week at the National Museum of American History were made during the only photo session with the Kennedys between the 1960 election and the 35th president’s inauguration in 1961.
Avedon took the photographs for Harpers Bazaar magazine. He set the Kennedys in front of a plain background to create a unique set of images. This is the first time the photographs have been shown at the museum since they were donated in 1966.
The display includes Avedon’s contact sheets to show visitors some of his retouching and editorial process. It is on view through the end of February.

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