Photographer who took LBJ’s swearing-in photo dies

Cecil Stoughton, the White House photographer who shot the iconic image of Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office aboard Air Force One, has died. He was 88. His famous picture of Johnson’s grim swearing-in ceremony in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, shows Johnson in the cramped Air Force One airplane cabin with Jacqueline Kennedy at his side. 

Stoughton was also able to capture some lighter moments of the first family at the White House. One of his favorite pictures showed Kennedy standing in the Oval Office, clapping as his children played and danced, Jamie Stoughton said.  Cecil Stoughton, an Army officer during World War II and the Korean War, showed the picture to the president. A delighted Kennedy signed it: “For Capt. Stoughton, who captured beautifully a happy moment at the White House,” Jamie Stoughton said.

Photographer who took LBJ’s swearing-in photo dies – Yahoo News.


One Response to “Photographer who took LBJ’s swearing-in photo dies”

  1. Jason Says:

    Cecil Stoughton was responsible for capturing a time in American politics that was filled with great hopes and aspirations but ended in the dawn of a darker time in our history. His images of JFK on weekend retreats, or his historic shot of him with his children playing in the oval office encapsulate the hopes and aspirations of a new chapter of of our nations politics and aspirations. “Camelot” was depicted through his eyes and came to an end with his images of Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in as JFK’s body was being flown out of Dallas signaled the end of what could have been. His later images of Johnson’s administration became the images of politics during what was the beginning of the Civil Right’s movement as well as the Vietnam conflict.

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