See Present-Day Photos of the Iconic Scenes From JFK’s Assassination

From daguerreotypes to digital.
Nov. 19 2013 12:50 PM

Then and Now: The Assassination of JFK

Capturing present-day photos of the iconic scenes of JFK’s assassination.

The assassination of John F. Kennedy has been analyzed and revisited ceaselessly since the tragedy nearly 50 years ago. The fateful route of JFK’s motorcade and its Dallas backdrop are indelibly imprinted on the collective awareness of Americans. Photographer Adrees Latif has created a series reshooting the present day appearance of the historic scenes found in archival images, combining the two to mark the upcoming anniversary of JFK’s death on Nov. 22.

JFK arriving in Dallas
Texas Book Depository
Top photo: Cars travel on the road past the Texas School Book Depository facing Dealey Plaza Nov. 22, 1963. Immediately above: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository, photographed from Elm and Commerce Streets on Nov. 10, 2013.

Photos by Dallas Police Department/Dallas Municipal Archives; Adrees Latif/Reuters

Lee Harvey Oswald
Left: A photograph handed out byt the Dallas Police Department's John F. Kennedy collection described as showing Lee Harvey Oswald "holding a rifle in one hand and Communist newspapers in the other" in the backyard of 214 W. Neely Street in a photo believed to have been taken in 1963. Right: The backyard of 214 West Neely Street in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dalla photographed Nov. 12, 2013.

Photos by Dallas Police Department/Dallas Municipal Archives/University of North Texas; Adrees Latif/Reuters

JFK Motorcade
Top photo: The motorcade of President Kennedy moves through downtown Fort Worth, Texas, in this White House handout photograph taken on Nov. 22, 1963. Immediately above: The Tarrant County Courthouse in Forth Worth as seen from Main Street on Nov. 8, 2013.

Photos by Cecil W. Stoughton/The White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; Adrees Latif/Reuters

Witnesses
Top photo: Bill and Gayle Newman, civilian eyewitnesses to the Kennedy assassination, covertheir children as CBS News photographer Tom Craven (center) and White House photographer Tom Atkins (right) take pictures in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. Immediately above: Visitors to Dealey Plaza use a tablet computer on Nov. 10, 2013, to photograph the site where Kennedy was shot nearly 50 years earlier.

Photos by Cecil W. Stoughton/The White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; Adrees Latif/Reuters

ER
Top photo: Secret Service agents and local police examine the presidential limousine as it sits parked at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas under a sign reading "Ambulances Only" as President John F. Kennedy is treated inside the hospital on Nov. 22, 1963. Immediately above: The same parking area for ambulances outside the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital on Nov. 9, 2013.

Photos by Cecil W. Stoughton/the White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; Adrees Latif/Reuters

Oswald apprehended
Top photo: An unidentified uniformed police officer pointing at a seat in the Texas Theatre in this undated picture taken in Dallas in 1963. The image, part of the Dallas Police Department's John F. Kennedy collection, describes an "unknown officer pointing to the seat where Oswald sat." Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at the Texas Theatre for the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit. Immediately above: George Quartz, the events coordinator for the Texas Theatre, poses for a photograph on Nov. 8, 2013 at the same location where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.

Photos by Dallas Police Department/Dallas Municipal Archives/University of North Texas; Adrees Latif/Reuters

Funeral Procession
Top photo: President Kennedy's flag-draped casket departs the White House during the procession of his state funeral along Pennsylvania Avenue, with the General Lafayette Statue and the Federal Circuit Library on the right, in this White House photograph taken on Nov. 24, 1963. Immediately above: Activists wearing Guy Fawkes masks walk past the White House on Nov. 5, 2013.

Photos by the White House; Adrees Latif/Reuters

Lisa Larson-Walker is a Slate photo editor.

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