John F. Kennedy by Guido Mangold, Berlin Tempelhof, Germany 1963
Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica Auction

John F. Kennedy by Guido Mangold, Berlin Tempelhof, Germany 1963

This Photo was shot by Guido Mangold with a Leica M2 camera and first published by the Quick magazine, shortly before John F. Kennedy’s death, it reflects Mangold’s unswerving photography commitment and his photo professionalism. In Berlin, he was one of the few reporters allowed to join two official White House photographers and a camera team in taking pictures from the car directly in front of the presidential car. Later this month, after the JFK funeral in Arlington, Guido's painstaking planning allowed him to outsmart the competition and be the first to return to Germany with the pictures. Even before the mourning party had broken up, Mangold had left the area and was on his way to catch the last plane to fly out to Germany that same evening. Thus, he enabled Quick magazine to publish the pictures only a day after the funeral, beating the all-powerful Stern magazine by a margin of 200,000 copies sold.

John F. Kennedy’s legendary visit to Berlin in June of 1963 and his funeral at the National Cemetery in Arlington in November of the same year: two historically important events which Guido Mangold recorded close up and with great sensitivity. His two photo features are among the most important documents of these historic moments, and they brought the student of Otto Steinert his international breakthrough as a press photographer. Especially the two present photographs, one of the last eye contact between the US President and the German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer as they said farewell at the Berlin airport Tegel, the other a profile image of a mourning Jackie next to Robert and Rose Kennedy at the funeral of JFK after he had been shot, became icons.

Reference: Guido Mangold, Fotografien 1958 bis heute, Munich 2010, p. 69 and 71.