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Nikkorex-F 35mm camera

Object Number: 1995.042.0001
Category: Artifacts
Original owner: James Altgens
Manufacturer: Nikkorex
Type of Object: Camera
Medium: Glass, Plastic, Metal
Description
Nikkorex-F 35mm camera used by Associated Press photographer James "Ike" Altgens to take photographs before, during and after the shooting of President Kennedy. Altgens was the only professional to capture part of the Kennedy assassination on film and his images were the first to be shown publicly. This is the camera he used, although the lens - an identical model - is not.
Curator's Notes

James Altgens' camera, along with the cameras of other assassination eyewitnesses, is featured in our sixth floor exhibit "John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation" in a section about photographers and evidence. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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