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BOBBY, MARTIN & JOHN: Once Upon An American Dream contains (156) photographs from the archives of LOOK magazine photographer Stanley Tretick and documents the courage and struggles of three of America’s greatest leaders: Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, all of whom were assassinated as they campaigned on behalf of the American public.
Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy inspired millions in America and in many countries with their hopes and dreams of a more peaceful and better world. Many shared those hopes and dreams and became active in their communities to guarantee them.
We knew we would be better off. We would end war. We would make progress toward equality for the races and for women and achieve economic justice for all. This comprehensive exhibit of Stanley Tretick’s award-winning photography shows both the personal lives of these three leaders and their impact on our nation.
President John F. Kennedy called on us to serve our country. He began the march toward voting rights and civil rights. He and Robert Kennedy negotiated an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis. They stood firm to Khrushchev and Castro and ended the threat of a nuclear holocaust with the removal of missiles from Cuba.
Dr. King became the natural leader of the civil rights movement leading us to the goal of equality and economic justice through nonviolent direct action. His “I Have a Dream Speech” on August 28, 1963 ended a very tense but joyful day when 250,000 joined in the peaceful March on Washington. Afterwards he was invited to the White House to meet with President John F. Kennedy for the first time.
Robert Kennedy, after the devastating loss of his brother who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, left the Johnson administration and was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. He was deeply concerned with the human loss and the costs of the war against Vietnam and its undermining of the war on poverty. He fought for community action projects like his Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Program run by the poor themselves in Brooklyn, NY. Cesar Chavez, leader of the farm workers struggle, said, “He could see things through the eyes of the poor.” Native Americans said of his ruthlessness on behalf of his brother, “He is our kind of warrior chief,” and called him ‘The White Crazy Horse’.
Robert Kennedy decided to run for president on March 10, 1968 in Delano at the mass ending Chavez’s long fast against violence. He announced his candidacy six days later. Soon after, President Johnson decided not to seek the nomination for re-election. Kennedy ran because of the threat of a wider war, the neglect of the poor and the racial divide. He knew he could help solve these problems if he won.
The assassination of Dr. King on April 4 was followed by riots and fires in one hundred and ten cities. Robert Kennedy’s campaign reached a peak with his victory in the California primary election on June 4. He, too, was assassinated that evening in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel. Gone are three great leaders who were committed and acted to end war and poverty and to heal our divided nation.
Their dreams, their voices and their convictions echo inspirations for our future generations.
About Stanley Tretick
An archetypical photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was born in Baltimore and raised in Washington, graduating from Central High School. Trained as a photographer in the Marine Corps, he served in the pacific during World War II and then covered D.C. as a tough-talking cameraman. Following a stint as a copy boy for The Washington Post, he joined Acme Newspictures and photographed combat during the Korean War. Later Tretick moved to United Press, documenting Capitol Hill and the presidential campaigns of the fifties. The agency, soon known as United Press International, sent Tretick on the road with Kennedy in 1960; the photographer befriended the candidate and made many of his 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. Kennedy was well aware of the public relations value of images that depicted him as a family man with a moral agenda. While the President’s wife Jackie fought to maintain an umbrella of privacy for young Caroline and John, Jr., Tretick grew close to the family. His photographs of them published in LOOK from 1960 to 1964, helped define the American family of the early sixties and lent Kennedy an endearing credibility that greatly contributed to his popularity. A 1962 LOOK cover of Kennedy driving his nieces and nephews in a golf cart, taken at the family compound in Hyannisport, is akin to the patriotic, illustrative paintings of Norman Rockwell that still graced the covers of The Saturday Evening Post. Tretick’s uncanny understanding of the symbolic value of such imagery allowed him to focus on small humanistic moments within the power and politics of Washington.
In October 1963, Stanley Tretick took his most famous photograph for an article about the relationship between the President and his son. While Jackie was away in Greece, Tretick was allowed to join the father and son, walking the halls of the White House and playing together in the Oval Office. As John, Jr. popped his bemused face out from under the President’s desk, with Kennedy seated behind, Tretick created an image that embodies both the myth and memory of Camelot. When Kennedy was assassinated several weeks later, these pictures were already on their way to the newsstands and helped create a lasting impression of the man, communicated through photography.
Stanley Tretick died in July 1999 at the age of 77, just days after John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s plane crashed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. To view the archive and listing of personalities and events covered over the course of his career, log on to www.StanleyTretick.com