The Kennedy Mystique

The Kennedy Mystique

Creating Camelot : Essays

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America's endless fascination with Camelot has enshrined countess pictures of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John-John in our national iconography, but few books have focused on their instinctive grasp of the media's visual magic. Now, in a volume that combines arresting photography and perceptive analysis, Camelot insiders and media experts tell the whole story of the "love affair" between the Kennedys and the camera?a far more complex and sophisticated relationship than we often suppose.

The Kennedy Mystique looks behind and beyond what first meets the eye, reminding readers that JFK and Jackie recognized and used the media's power, and encouraged photographers to capture private moments as well as public events. Unique commentaries from Kennedy intimates and observers like Letitia Baldridge, Hugh Sidey and Robert Dallek provide rare perspective on the photographs as historical records, as image-management, and as symbols. Readers learn, for instance, that the heartwarming shots of Jack laughing with John one Halloween were spontaneous, but the famous "candids" of Jack and Jackie putting the children to bed were staged.

The Kennedy Mystique puts the carefully crafted vision of Camelot in context of early-'60s culture and history to show how JFK and Jackie turned photography, celebrity, and media savvy into a potent political tool?and left a visual legacy of irresistible and lasting appeal.

Baker & Taylor
Kennedy experts and insiders reveal the stories behind the images as they look at the relationship between the Kennedy family and the camera in a series of commentaries on 150 color and black-and-white photographs that capture members of the Kennedy family at work, at play, and in intimate moments at home.

Blackwell North Amer
America has the unforgettable photographs of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John-John in our national iconography, but even those among us who watched as they captured the world's imagination often forget how revolutionary a phenomenon the Kennedys were. Here was a young, dynamic First Family who invited everyone into teh White House and at least seemingly into their private lives - and in the process forever changed the art of political image-making and the culture of celebrity. The Kennedy Mystique combines arresting photography and perceptive analysis to tell the whole story of the love affair between the Kennedys and the camera, a far more complex and sophisticated relationship than we might suppose.
The Kennedy Mystique looks behind and beyond what first meets the eye, reminding us that JFK and Jackie both worked in the press, and quickly recognized television's power, and had an instinctive grasp of the media's visual impact and how to turn it to their advantage. The Kennedy Mystique puts the carefully crafted vision of Camelot in context of early-1960s culture and history to show how Jack and Jackie turned photography, celebrity, and media savvy into a potent political tool - and left a visual legacy of irresistible and lasting appeal.

Baker
& Taylor

Kennedy experts and insiders reveal the stories behind the images as they look at the relationship between the Kennedy family and the camera in a series of commentaries on 150 color and black-and-white photographs that capture members of the Kennedy family at work, at play, and in intimate moments at home. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2006
ISBN: 9780792253082
0792253086
Branch Call Number: 973.922 G622k
Characteristics: 223 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 cm

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Neenie27 Oct 29, 2013

Oodles of nice pics but mostly in B&W. It really hits home on how contrived the Kennedy image was.... it was all turned to their advantage.

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