The first Catholic president of the United States, John F. Kennedy was elected on 8 November 1960. Although his time in office was brief, he started a number of important reforms that changed the course of both domestic and foreign American policies. After President Kennedy’s assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald on the 22nd of November 1963 in Dallas, Robert Kennedy attempted to follow his brother’s dream. He ran for election in 1968 but, he too was soon murdered. President of the United Sates of America for one thousand days, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains, to most Americans, a symbol of hope.

The photographer is filled with doubt. Nothing will soothe him.

Raymond Depardon
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Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer-optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he left for Paris in 1958.

He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. From 1974 to 1977, as a photographer and filmmaker, he covered the kidnap of a French ethnologist, François Claustre, in northern Chad.

Alongside his photographic career, he began to make documentary films: 1974, Une Partie de Campagne and San Clemente. He has since made eighteen feature-length films and published forty-seven books.

Depardon joined Magnum in 1978. He is based in Paris.

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