Opening of The Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw Exhibition at Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”

Riga, October 8, 2014 – Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”, 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 Thursday, October 9, at 5:00 p.m. in Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”, Raunas Street 12-1. 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 Cēsis City Mayor Jānis Rozenbergs, exhibit organizer Dmitry Krupnikov and U.S. Embassy Riga acting Deputy Chief of Mission Connie Phlipot. The exhibit will be open for visitors from October 10 to November 7. On Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m. documentary film screening “The Lost Kennedy Home movies” will take place. Translation to Latvian will be provided. Free entrance.

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 Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”, should plan to arrive by 4:30. For additional information or for media interested in covering the exhibition, please contact: U.S. Embassy Riga, Public Affairs Section.