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Midtown Exhibit Follows JFK Assassination Frame By Frame

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A new exhibit at the International Center of Photography looks back on the Kennedy assassination through the eyes of everyday people who witnessed it. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

In the short film "A Bystander's View of History" by Alan Govenar, now on display at the International Center of Photography in Midtown, amateur photographer Mary Moorman speaks about witnessing the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

"Jackie hollered, 'My God, he's been shot.' And then just seconds later, he had slumped over on Jackie," Moorman recalls.

The exhibit features her Polaroid and other photos of the moments leading up to and following Kennedy's murder.

"Many of them are by anonymous photographers, bystander photographers, amateurs really, who took photographs of the presidential motorcade and ultimately of the assassination itself," said ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.

Wallis organized the exhibit which goes back in time to Kennedy's campaign for president, including a photo by ICP Founder Cornell Capa. Others chronicle JFK's arrival in Dallas three years later and then the moments of terror as he was shot and killed. Wallis chose not to use the famous Abraham Zapruder film of the assassination in the exhibit, going with stills of the film instead.

"That is hard enough to look at you know you are witnessing a murder," Wallis said.

Photos also document the live television moment when alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by club owner Jack Ruby. There is a copy of the findings of the Warren Commission report on the assassination, plus photos of Jaqueline Kennedy and her children mourning their loss, even souvenirs created after the president's death.

"Everybody has a part in this story, this is kind of a people's history of the Kennedy Assassination," Wallis said.

The ICP exhibit, located on Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street, runs through January 19.

For more information, visit ICP.org.

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