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John F. Kennedy with baby Caroline

(KENNEDY, JOHN F.) Clark, Edward. Senator John Kennedy with his baby daughter Caroline

Georgetown, 1958

Printed later by Clark. Gelatin silver gelatin print. 11 x 14 inches. Fine.

Signed and inscribed by Edward Clark. Clark was one of the leading American magazine photographers of the twentieth century. In 1944 he joined Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstaedt, W. Eugene Smith, and Philippe Halsman at LIFE magazine. His photographs soon became among the most famous in America.

In 1958 LIFE assigned Clark for a story on Senator Kennedy, considered a likely presidential candidate. When the photographer asked for a view of Kennedy with their four-month-old baby, his wife Jacqueline objected that they would awaken her. Kennedy invited Clark upstairs, with Jackie protesting, but this charming photograph was the result. Jackie requested 75 copies “of that marvelous picture” to give to family and friends. After Kennedy became president in 1961, the delightful photograph was displayed in the Oval Office.