Opening of The Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw Exhibition at Riga Art Space

Riga, August 28, 2014 – Riga Art Space, the U.S. Embassy Riga, and Dimitry Krupnikov are proud to announce the opening of a photo exhibit entitled The Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw on Tuesday, September 2, at 4:00 p.m. in Riga Art Space’s Intro Hall, Kungu Street 3. The exhibit features over 40 historic photographs of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy taken by world-renowned photographer Mark Shaw. The opening will be attended by the President of the Republic of Latvia Andris Bērziņš. The exhibit will be open for visitors in Riga, September 3 to 26, after which time it will move to the Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis” for an additional three weeks.

About the artist: After becoming a freelance photographer for Life magazine, Mark Shaw photographed numerous actors, politicians, and other celebrities in over one hundred assignments. In 1959, Life chose Shaw to photograph Jacqueline Kennedy while her husband, then-Senator John F. Kennedy, was running for President. This assignment and their subsequent friendship would lead to Shaw becoming the Kennedys’ de facto family photographer and producing many of his most famous photographs of the couple and their children.


Media representatives, who wish to cover the opening at Riga Art Space, should plan to arrive by 15:30. For additional information or for media interested in covering the exhibition, please contact U.S. Embassy Riga, Public Affairs Section.