Robert H. Jackson (photographer)

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Robert H. Jackson's prize-winning photograph of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.

Robert "Bob" Hill Jackson (born April 8, 1934) is an American photographer. In 1964, Jackson, then of the Dallas Times-Herald, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his photograph of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and career

Jackson said his interest in photography began when he was 12 or 13. He grew up in Dallas. An aunt gave him a Baby Brownie Special camera to give him his start, and a family cat became one of his first subjects. When Jackson turned 14, his interest became more serious. Another aunt gave him an Argus C-3 35 mm camera. Jackson’s first news photo was of a double fatality crash in northern Dallas. Jackson persuaded his father to drive him to the scene of the crash. His second news photo was of an airplane crash at Love Field.[1]

His photography interest grew when he became hooked on photographing sports car racing. Prior to joining the 36th Infantry National Guard, Jackson attended Southern Methodist University but did not graduate. While in the Army, Jackson became a photographer for an Army general and further developed his portfolio.[1]

November 1963

On Nov. 22, 1963, Jackson was assigned to cover President John F. Kennedy's arrival at Love Field and his motorcade through the city. Jackson and many other journalists traveled with the President and first lady from the airport. He was in the eighth vehicle behind the presidential limousine as the motorcade headed down Elm Street. Jackson was sitting atop the back seat of the convertible as the motorcade approached Dealey Plaza. He was in the process of changing film when the shots were fired; but his camera was empty. He had just removed a roll of film to hand-off to another newspaper employee, and had not yet reloaded. However, he was among the few people who saw the rifle barrel in the window of the book depository. After the assassination, Jackson remained in Delay Plaza, but took no more photos, something he later regretted. [2]

Two days later, Jackson was told to go to the police station to photograph the transfer of Oswald to the county jail. Using his Nikon S3 35mm camera, Jackson photographed the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas police station garage.[2]

Later Life

In later life, Jackson was a staff photographer for the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. He retired from the Gazette in 1999. He has three daughters, two sons from his wife's previous marriage and a son with his current wife. He also has 10 grandchildren.[1] As of November 2013, Jackson resides in Manitou Springs, Colorado.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Boyle, Jim (10 November 2013). "JFK series: Newspaper photographer witnesses historic shootings".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Meyer, Jeremy P. (23 November 2013). "Bob Jackson's iconic photo of Ruby shooting Oswald still resonates". The Denver Post. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Granberry, Michael (5 April 2010). "Six-Tenths of a Second, Two Lives Forever Changed".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Fischer, Heinz-D; Fischer, Erika J. (2003). Complete Historical Handbook of the Pulitzer Prize System 1917-2000: Decision-Making Processes in all Award Categories based on unpublished Sources. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110939125.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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