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Jacques Lowe

Born in Cologne Germany in 1930, Jacques Lowe is an internationally renowned photographer and photo journalist who is best known for his portraiture of the leading personalities of our time, nationally and internationally, in politics, business, and the entertainment world.

Lowe first arrived in New York in 1949 and soon found work as an assistant to photographer Arnold Newman. In 1951 he won a LIFE Magazine contest for young photographers, after which Roy Stryker gave him an eight week assignment in Europe. In 1953 he won numerous awards for his photo journalistic work among gypsies and other minorities while working as a contributor to JUBILEE magazine. He went on to contribute to such magazines as TIME, LIFE, LOOK, The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Paris Match, Epoca, Stern, and many others, and he was a staff photographer at Colliers Magazine at the time that journal folded.

In 1956, while on assignment, he befriended Robert F. Kennedy who had been appointed majority counsel to the McClellan Committee. In 1958 Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy asked him to photograph his other son, Jack. That request led to his becoming the Official Campaign Photographer of John F. Kennedys quest for the presidency and, when elected in 1960, the personal photographer of the President of the United States.

His work for the campaign, the Kennedy White House, and the Kennedy family has resulted in six books, numerous exhibitions from the USA to Moscow, several prime time television shows, and some 150 major magazine pieces and covers. Reviewers have credited Lowes natural, warm, and intimate images of the president and his family and the workings of the presidency with keeping alive the Kennedy flame for generations yet to come.

He spent many years covering the public and private lives of the Kennedys both at their homes and in office. However, following his friend Robert Kennedys assassination in June of 1968, Jacques left America and moved to France, staying for 18 years and all but giving up photography. It was not until the mid-1980s that he decided to return to the US and resume his work as a photojournalist.

He has published over thirty books, and has had major gallery and museum exhibits around the world. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Elysee Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, the European Center of Photography in Paris, the Kennedy Library Museum in Boston, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas, as well as in hundreds of private and institutional collections.

He has won numerous awards from Art Directors Clubs, the Urban League, and other human rights organizations. In 1998, he was honored with the Crystal Eagle Award for Impact on Photo Journalism, a lifetime achievement award granted by the School of Journalism, University of Missouri and the Eastman Kodak Company. It was only the fourth time the award has been granted.


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