Life with the Kennedys: Mark Shaw's intimate photographs of America's 35th President and his family

A portrait of Jackie and JFK , White House, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

In a new exhibition at Proud Galleries, Life with the Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw, showcases historic photographs of the Kennedy family captured by the noted LIFE photojournalist and film-maker.

Within this collection, Shaw chronicles the golden years of the Kennedy family as John F. Kennedy progressed from the role of Senator to his early presidency. The exhibition marks the 55th anniversary of JFK’s harrowing assassination, shining a new light onto America’s most loved First Family before the tragic events that followed.

Included in this collection is JFK’s favourite portrait of himself, an introspective image of John wistfully walking into the landscape with his back turned, amongst other depictions of self-reflectivity.

These quiet moments are contrasted with loving connections between mother and child, regal portraits of the celebrated couple and a playful image of Jackie leaning out of the family sailing boat clutching Shaw’s camera. The settings of Shaw's pictures vary from vacation retreats to the White House, but in each photograph the sense of optimism in the American Dream is present.

Life with the Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw, runs from 22 March to 6 May 2018 at Proud Galleries. For more information visit www.proud.co.uk.

All images courtesy of Proud Central | © Mark Shaw

Jackie and JFK in Campaign Car, Wheeling, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Jackie and JFK in Campaign Car, Wheeling, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Jackie sits at JFK’s senate desk, Washington DC, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Jackie sits at JFK’s senate desk, Washington DC, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Jackie, JFK and Caroline, Hyannis Patio, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Jackie, JFK and Caroline, Hyannis Patio, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Jackie swings Caroline in the shallows at Hyannis Port, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Jackie swings Caroline in the shallows at Hyannis Port, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

JFK on the dunes near Hyannis Port, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

JFK on the dunes near Hyannis Port, 1959 © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com