Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, 1960

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.

Karsh had photographed Kennedy in 1957 and 1960, when JFK was the senator for Massachusetts. Jacqueline Kennedy was also photographed in ’57. LIFE Magazine’s memorial edition for John F. Kennedy after his death in 1963 featured this color portrait from the 1960 sitting, which had originally been made on assignment for Parade magazine.