Beyond Zapruder: Photos By Nine Witnesses to History, Nov. 22, 1963
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In November 1967, four years after President Kennedy’s assassination, LIFE magazine published an article titled, simply, “Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas: Photos by Nine Bystanders.” While the home movie shot by Abraham Zapruder was already, by then, the most famous — and controversial — visual record of the day, the article in LIFE included a number of pictures that had never been published before.
“The FBI has seen almost all of photos,” LIFE told its readers, “and found nothing that would furnish clues to the assassination itself.”
Here, 50 years after the murder of the 46-year-old JFK, and decades after they first saw the light of day, LIFE.com once again shines a light on those magazine pages — and on the photographs, made by nine amateur photographers, that even today feel at-once chilling and, somehow, meaningful. If we could just look long enough, or closely enough, these pictures suggest, perhaps something about that November day would finally make sense.
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