Shot on November 22, 1963, the Zapruder film was one of the most significant pictures ever taken. As we near the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination I thought this would be an interesting topic to look at. I think you could argue that this was one of the earliest examples of citizen journalism – a good 40 years before social media. Today we’ve come to expect first hand footage of events like this, but in 1963 this was the perfect example of the right person in the right place at the right moment. Think how history would be viewed if it weren’t for this film. This is how we remember the assassination and this is the source of all the controversy that extends from it.
On November 22, Abraham Zapruder, an amateur film maker and supporter of John F Kennedy, took his 414 Bell & Howell Zoomatic to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. He rolled 26.6 seconds of film – only 486 frames that captured a first hand look of the murder of the 35th president of the United States.