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Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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“Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys breathes life into this compilation of more than 200 photos, many never before seen until now… Kelley's moving narrative, along with the sizable, glossy photographs will surely delight any Camelot aficionado!” ―Portland Book Review
“A labor-of-love collection of work by the photographer she praises as 'my best friend…a pal without parallel.' … a tribute to a photographer, a president and a time when the former functioned as the world's eyes into the latter. A pleasant mixture of iconic and surprising shots--a photo book that is ultimately as much about the photographer, and the access he gained, as it is about its subject.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Tretick's achievement is the masterful construction of legend through careful framing and omission--and teamwork with his subjects. Indeed JFK choreographed much of this work himself…. The opposite of Goldin and Avedon's warts-and-all images, Tretick's work is a noteworthy example of unapologetically romantic American portraiture.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time.” ―William Safire on His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra
“An extraordinary read . . . great history and a great story told.” ―Lou Dobbs on The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty
About the Author
KITTY KELLEY is an internationally acclaimed writer, whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last fifty years. Kelley's last five books have all been number one on The New York Times bestseller list, including her latest, Oprah: A Biography.
Top Customer Reviews
Fortunately those moments in Camelot were captured by photojournalist Stanley Tretick and this fine book shares not only the dignity of the Kennedy years but the warmth of the large family that drew a country together in a way few other presidents have been able to achieve.
The images here are often snapshots instead of formal portraiture and that is another aspect that makes the collection so gentle. These were years of change and of growth and of significant moments. Tretick captured it all. It was his job, but it was an act of love - and that shows very well. This is an album to collect, a trove of memories that are irreplaceable. Grady Harp, February 13
Two, it's a tribute to JFK's campaign and his presidency, but more importantly to his family life. I don't know about anyone else, but I get sick of reading books about Jackie's money-hungriness, fashion choices and petulant moods, and JFK's womanizing and concealed bad health, even though it's important that we know about these things for a fuller understanding of their characters. But reading a book like "Capturing Camelot" (I hate the title) and seeing these photographs bring home (for me) that JFK wasn't just the President of the United States - he was a loving father, a husband, and an admired uncle - someone who was greatly missed when he was killed, not because he was the President but because he was part of a *family*. As planned as some of the photograph sessions in this book were, the images the sessions produced are still affecting and memorable today.
Seeing these photographs reminded me that the nation didn't just lose its President, but two very young children lost a loving father. I've often thought that Jackie Kennedy made a big error when she attempted to establish JFK as a kind of lost god, and attempted to elevate his Presidency into a never-again-obtainable utopia. She tried to squash JFK the man, in favor of JFK the "Camelot" legend.Read more ›
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Wonderful, the photos were so intimate and perfectly framed. Stan Tretick's talent is awesome. A bittersweet experience, but so
nice to have these captured moments. Read more