From Library Journal
Trask's Pictures of Pain: Photography and the Assassination of President Kennedy (Yeoman, 1994) is a highly regarded comprehensive photographic investigation of the JFK murder; this second compilation brings together the pictures and observations of three photographers who covered the events in Dallas?Cecil Stoughton, the official presidential photographer; James Altgens, of the Associated Press; and, James Murray, a very lucky freelancer whose timing was perfect. Their own words show the photographers to be complete professionals of the highest integrity, refusing to be overwhelmed by the incredible emotional stress of the events or seduced by the sometimes outlandish theories of conspiracy honchos. More than 100?several 81/2" x 11"?stark black-and-white photos provide a graphic recollection of this national trauma. The photographers' technical descriptions may escape the general reader, and a summary tying together their thoughts would have been helpful. Yet this work succeeds largely because the photographers speak for themselves and for the outstanding photographic record provided. Recommended for most public libraries and photography collections.?Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA
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