Oct. 3 - The assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, as seen through the eyes of amateur photographers, is the subject of an exhibition in New York. Tara Cleary reports.
It's been nearly 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A new exhibition at New York's International Center of Photography, called "JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander's View of History," is just that - most of these images were onlookers' personal snapshots that have become historic photographs, says chief curator, Brian Wallis. SOUNDBITE: Brian Wallis, chief curator, International Center of Photography, saying (English): "Traditional photojournalism failed to capture many of the key moments of the assassination and in the wake of that failure what sprang up were amateur photographs taken by everyday bystanders." Included in the exhibition are stills from a film made by one eyewitness and a Polaroid picture of the assassination. SOUNDBITE: Brian Wallis, chief curator, International Center of Photography, saying (English): "They do have a certain sense of drama and personal engagement that is often excluded from professional photojournalism." Some mark Kennedy's assassination and the resulting images as the start of "citizen journalism". The exhibition will run through January 19, 2014.