The Kennedys in Palm Beach
On Jan. 3, 1961, Richard Avedon arrived at the Kennedy home in Palm
There he set up his famous white paper background, loaded
his Rollieflex cameras with
2 1/4-inch film, pulled up the piano bench
and began to photograph the president-elect,
John F. Kennedy, and his
young family. He got a preview of Jackie in her Inaugural Gala
gown designed by Oleg Casini.
These would be the only formal photographs made between
the time of the election
and his inauguration. Six of the images
appeared in the February 1961 issue of Harper's Bazaar,
where Avedon was employed.
(Avedon) 1961 contact sheet.