With all the media coverage this week, I’m sure that everyone realizes that this Friday marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. All these years later, it remains one of the saddest days in America’s history. The one photo that instantly recalls that tragedy was made by my friend and fellow Annapolis photographer, Stan Stearns. Stan passed away last year, but his iconic image of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (John-John), will live on forever. Stan entrusted me to carry on his legacy, and I will always strive to do that.
Stan left me the last three signed limited edition prints of that famous photograph. He autographed one directly to me, and it now hangs in a prominent location in my home. I have decided to part with the other two. Both are black and white archival pigment prints, sized at 16×20 inches, hand-printed and signed by Stan shortly before his passing. One is the cropped version as has been most widely seen around the world, and the other is the full image that is lesser known. A handful of both of these versions have previously sold for substantial amounts at galleries in New York, Santa Fe, and Palm Beach.
If you know of a serious collector who would be interested in preserving these unique treasures, please let me know.
News of Stan’s passing appeared in over 200 newspapers worldwide, as well as TV, radio, and other media: