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Daily News Photog Recalls the Picture That Moved a Nation

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Daily News Photog Recalls the Picture That Moved a Nation

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In the blink of a camera's eye, Dan Farrell captured a piece of history. On Nov. 25, 1963, Farrell, then a 32-year-old photographer for the New York Daily News was in the nation's capital for the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. The photo he snapped which is now in great demand was of a 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr., saluting his father's passing caisson.

The picture took up most of the front page of the paper on Nov. 26, 1963, and was distributed via The Associated Press, which Farrell says never gave him credit for the photo.

Following the July 16 disappearance of JFK Jr.'s plane en route to Martha's Vineyard, Farrell's photo once again appeared in hundreds of newspapers.

After taking pictures of the funeral procession from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew's Cathedral, Farrell, along with dozens of other photographers, were on a flatbed truck snapping photos.

His assignment editor then asked if he wanted to stand outside the cathedral and see what he could find. He was using a 1000 F-Hasselblad camera that had a makeshift 300 mm lens. …

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