Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

Nation

Photographer of legendary picture dies

Photographer-of-legendary-picture-dies

John F. Kennedy, Jr., salutes his father's coffin at the Cathedral of St. Matthew.

upi/stan stearns Enlarge

WASHINGTON -- Stan Stearns, the photographer who took the iconic picture of John F. Kennedy, Jr., saluting his father's coffin during the slain president's 1963 funeral, died Friday of cancer. He was 76.

Mr. Stearns was assigned to cover Mr. Kennedy's funeral on Nov. 25, 1963, as a photographer for United Press International. He would later describe standing outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington and being squeezed into a roped-off area with 70 other photographers.

Through his telephoto lens, he watched as Jacqueline Kennedy leaned down to whisper to her son, who turned 3 that day.

Then the boy stepped forward and saluted. Mr. Stearns' camera clicked.

The salute lasted less than five seconds. Though television cameras captured the moment, it was Mr. Stearns' photo that became famous.

Mr. Stearns later said he learned other photographers missed the picture because they had focused on Jacqueline Kennedy or the president's coffin.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…