BOOKS: Poignant Portraits Connect with Us All; Richard Avedon: The Kennedys: Portrait of A Family by Shannon Thomas Perich. Photography by Richard Avedon. Thames & Hudson. Pounds 19.95. Reviewed by IAN SMITH and DUNCAN RABAN

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BOOKS: Poignant Portraits Connect with Us All; Richard Avedon: The Kennedys: Portrait of A Family by Shannon Thomas Perich. Photography by Richard Avedon. Thames & Hudson. Pounds 19.95. Reviewed by IAN SMITH and DUNCAN RABAN


Byline: Reviewed by IAN SMITH and DUNCAN RABAN

On the face of it, this could be mistaken for a black and white Hello, a coffee-table book of the cold-war Posh'n' Becks, albeit with a classiness and power beyond even Mr & Mrs Beckham.

This book is so much more than that, how-ever. For a start, there is the subject - JFK, the young(ish) President-elect with his vivacious wife Jacqueline, daughter Caroline and six-week-old son John Jr.

Then there's the photographer - Richard Avedon, one of the greatest lensman of the 20th century.

Behind each click of the shutter there's power, beauty, innocence, the ability of the camera to freeze the moment. Father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister; captured forever young, never to grow old.

We know that was literally the case with the father, less than three years away from Dallas. Jackie lost a husband, the children a father, and America a future it would never know. The only thing that changes is the poignancy, which increases daily. …

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