Jackie et Moi
from Saturday, September 07, 2013 to Saturday, September 28, 2013
DRKRM, Los Angeles
drkrm is pleased to present Jackie et Moi, Benno Graziani's rarely seen photographs of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy taken in 1962 on an official White House trip to India and on vacation in Italy with her sister Lee Radziwill. The exhibition will be on view from September 7th through the 28th, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 7th from 7-10pm.
“Benno is a lot of fun, but he’s always got a camera in his hand,” President John Kennedy warned Clint Hill, assigned to the First Lady’s Secret Service. The President was concerned images of Jackie taken on holiday by her friend “Benno” would feature too many glasses of wine or skimpy bathing suits. Kennedy’s description suited Gilbert “Benno” Graziani (b.1923). Indeed, it fit most photo-journalists like Graziani working for French celebrity-and-news magazine Paris-Match. With a post-WWII zest for life, theywere known to be gregarious, charming, adventurous, even daredevilish and, yes, fun.
In its West Coast premier, Jackie et moi, at drkrm, represents Graziani’s privileged peek into the intimate sphere of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Twenty-two black and white prints beautifully curated by John Matkowsky offer perspectives new to even the most avid Jackie devotee.
Graziani's work is held in numerous high profile collections and has been exhibited internationally at The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 2000; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 2001 and Galerie Photo 12, Paris, 2007, amongst others.
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