Kelley’s Moving Narrative Breaths Life into the Photographs That Defined an Era
By Kitty Kelley
Thomas Dunne Books, 29.99, 230 pages
Stanley Tretick’s most notable work was the photographs he took of President Kennedy and his family. The famous picture of John, Jr. peeping out from his father’s desk in the oval office left an endearing impression of the first family that would forever seal the ideal of Camelot into the hearts of the American people.
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. Based on Tretick’s own notes, mementos and oral history, his close friend, author, Kitty Kelley shares how Tretick was able to get close to the President and Mrs. Kennedy. Conscious of image, yet fiercely protective of her children’s privacy, the nature of the relationship between the photographer and America’s darling family would prove a tender balance. The friendship and trust he established with JFK served him well and years after JFK’s assassination, he was given all-access to Robert Kennedy’s campaign, even taking one last photo of the Presidential hopeful as he walked down the long hallway from his suite in the Ambassador Hotel on that fateful day in 1968.
Kelley’s moving narrative, along with the sizable, glossy photographs will surely delight any Camelot aficionado!
Reviewed By Alicea Swett