I’ve just been reading about the death of Stan Stearns, in Maryland, USA at 76 years of age. To be honest, his name wasn’t previously familiar to me, but on 25 November 1963 he was one of many press photographers assigned to record the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.
For those of us old enough to remember, it is one of those moments when everyone can supposedly recall exactly where they were when the news of President Kennedy’s death was announced. I can remember it clearly. I was only 7 years of age and I was in the hairdressers with my mother above the UCP cafe in Bury (UK). At that age I probably wasn’t much aware what a president was, but the reaction of those around me on hearing the news as it came over the radio made such an impact that it embedded in my memory for ever.
And so on the 25 November, 1963 as the funeral procession approached the group of press photographers, Stan Stearns followed his intuition and managed, in a single click, to get the picture of the day. You can read his own comments about it in the following newspaper announcement of his death:
Have you taken a photo where, in a click, you just knew you had something special? That, “Yes” moment! We’d love to hear what the photo was and how you got it – you can leave a reply below.