Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jackie Kennedy's Note to Mark Shaw: "Anyone who puts a finger-print on them will have his hand chopped off "



Mark Shaw: John Looking at his Reflection in Tabletop, Palm Beach 1963



Only two weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, Jacqueline Kennedy wrote a note to Mark Shaw, one of many, thanking him for color photographs of her with her three-year-old, John F. Kennedy Jr.: "They really should be in the National Gallery! I have them propped up in our Sitting Room now, and everyone who comes in says the one of me and John looks like a Caravaggio—and the one of John, reflected in the table, like some wonderful, strange, poetic Matisse. And, when I think of how you just clicked your camera on an ordinary day in that dreary, green Living Room.I just can't thank you enough, they will always be my greatest treasures. Anyone who puts a finger-print on them will have his hand chopped off. "
 
 
Mark Shaw: The Kennedys exhibition continues through January 27, 2013