Today, The Dallas Morning News reported on Mr. Holga’s JFK project. The project, titled Death By Holga: 11.22.63, is a journey to photograph people, places and things related to the Kennedy assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
The News stated that Mr. Holga, our walkabout photographer and reporter, was mainly looking for graves of the individuals involved. The article minorly mentioned photographing live people. To date Mr. Holga has photographed Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Robert Jackson, a quick snap shot of Dallas Police Detective James Leavelle and Secret Service Agents Jerry Blaine and Clint Hill.
“I am currently working with the City of Dallas and Det. Leavelle to do a photo shoot of him in the basement of the old Dallas Police Headquarters,” said Mr. Holga. “I am very excited to have this opportunity to photograph Det. Leavelle.”[adrotate group=”8″]
Mr. Holga does realize that most of the people and places involved with the Kennedy assassination will be deceased or gone. The majority of those involved were already in their 40s and 50s when the incident occurred. And places have changed too. Mr. Holga has discovered the presidential suite at the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth has changed so much that it no longer exists.
“I’m working as fast as I can to get on film whatever I can for this project,” said Mr. Holga.
Mr. Holga doesn’t want his JFK project to be a collection of grave photos. He also wants this to be a book about connecting the past to the current.
“People don’t realize what connection they have to the Kennedy presidency. Thousands of people travel I35E, a.k.a. Stemmons Freeway, and have no idea that businessman John Stemmons, who donated the land for the road, was waiting to meet Kennedy at the Dallas Trade Mart,” noted Mr. Holga.
Mr. Holga has a big list of names and several of them are still alive and well. He agrees that some of the names on his list may be unattainable, but that doesn’t stop him from trying.
Mr. Holga would love to photograph
- Caroline Kennedy
- Former President Bill Clinton
- Former President George W. Bush
- Astronaut John Glenn
- Current CBS News Anchor (Scott Pelley)
- Roger Staubach
And many more.
Of all the people Mr. Holga would like to photo, one unnamed person stands out. Mr. Holga would like to photography anybody born on Nov. 22, 1963, especially at Parkland Hospital in Dallas (see Were you born at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963?). If you fit this bill, then please send Mr. Holga a message.
Death By Holga: 11.22.63
The book has a long way to go till completion. Fortunately, the 50th anniversary is 29 months away. Plenty of time for Mr. Holga to get all his photos, find a publisher and make a book.