Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy, 1957

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died on this day, May 19, in 1994.

Karsh wrote: “Widowhood and adversity had not yet touched the glamorous young wife of the handsome Senator from Massachusetts. Our meeting was at Hammersmith, her mother’s home in Newport. I photographed her against a Coromandel screen that complemented her dark beauty. Weeks later, in New York, she saw me walking down Fifth Avenue and rushed toward me to inquire breathlessly about her photographs. Our last meeting was shortly before her untimely death, when she came to my exhibition ‘American Legends.’ She stood alone at the entrance, her quiet presence penetrating the crowd.”

See a color portrait from this Sitting.