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Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys [Hardcover]

Kitty Kelley

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5 Dec 2013
With an illuminating, moving text and more than two hundred remarkable photos - some iconic, some never-before-seen - JFK and his family seem to live again in this beautiful keepsake of a book. An archetypical photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was sent by United Press International to follow the Kennedy campaign of 1960. The photographer soon befriended the candidate and took many of JFK's best pictures during this time. When Kennedy took office, Tretick was given extensive access to the White House, and the picture magazine "Look" hired him to cover the president and his family. Tretick is best known today for the photographs he took of President Kennedy relaxing with his children. His photographs helped define the American family of the early sixties and lent Kennedy an endearing credibility that greatly contributed to his popularity. Accompanied by an insightful, heart-warming essay from Kitty Kelley - Tretick's close friend - about the relationship between the photographer and JFK, this collection includes some of the most memorable images of America's Camelot and evokes the uniquely hopeful historical era from which it emerged.

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Praise for "Capturing Camelot"

"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
" Praise for Stanley Tretick:

"President Kennedy's photographic Boswell." --"Look Magazine"
Praise for the work of Kitty Kelley:

"Kelley has relentlessly probed the intersections between fame, wealth, and influence, raising hackles every time." --"New York Times Book Review""" "If I had to choose between Kitty Kelley's version . . . and, say, Tom Brokaw's, I'd put more trust in the little blonde lady to tell me the truth without fear or favor." --"Village Voice"
"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."

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on
As a Baby-boomer, graduating high school in 1968, I have followed the Kennedy family in this historical era as I collected several books and photos for many years, from office to tragedy. "Capturing Camelot" has become one of my favorite. It is known that professional photographers have used their expertise to create pictures that speak for themselves, telling their own story as they come to life, while portraying some of the most influential and powerful personalities throughout the world. The Amazing photos included in this book are no exception as flashbacks of the trials-and-tribulations of an uneasy era return. Bestselling author, Kitty Kelley chronicles intriguing essays about the relationship between JFK and photojournalist Stanley Tretick, how they first met, the years spent together and much more. Stanley became a respected friend of JFK, following the Kennedy family through the campaign, and after Kennedy took office. As their friendship became close and trustworthy and highly regarded by several, Stanley was given extensive access to The White House, covering the Kennedy family, helping to define 'The American Family of the 60's.' The photos taken became successful as they contributed to JFK's popularity. These incredible photos became the most memorable and unforgettable images of 'America's Camelot' as they bring life to that historical era. Both the essays and the photos are heartfelt as they define moments in history that could never be forgotten, and some treasured for a lifetime. Powerfully moving, interesting, educational, and enjoyable. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moment in History, Tenderly Captured 13 Feb 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
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Words fail in approaching this book for those of us who lived through the Kennedy years. Those years were as close as this nation has ever come to having dignity in the Washington scene that held the aura of a monarchy. That is not to say that JFK and his legacy were `supreme rulers', but instead that there was a glow about the life of the Kennedys made more poignant by the disruption of those lives with assassination, fatal plane crashes and death by cancer.

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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift! 13 Jun 2013
By Dallas Smith - Published on
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Purchased this book for my mother who loooooooved the Camelot era. She enjoys this book as a coffee table conversation piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing Camelot 26 Nov 2012
By Jana - Published on
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I looked over this book just a is a present for my daughter. I saw a lot of pictures throughout the book which is nice. I am sure she will love the book as she admired JFK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intimite pictures of the Kennedys 31 Jan 2013
By Martin Lobel - Published on
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This is more than just a collection of previously unseen photos of the Kennedy family by Stan Tretick, who became a close friend of the family. It is a love story of Tretick and the Kennedys beautifully photographed and produced and described by best selling author, Kitty Kelley, who, in turn, was best friends with Tretick. It is a must for those who want to see the Kennedys in their unguarded intimate moments.
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