Cecil Stoughton, the White House photographer who shot the historic image of Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office as president after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, has died. He was 88.
Stoughton died Monday evening at his home on Merritt Island, Fla., his son Jamie Stoughton said.
The photo he took of the swearing-in ceremony aboard Air Force One in Dallas, Johnson with his hand raised and a stunned Jacqueline Kennedy looking on, became the most famous in his five years, 1961-65, as White House photographer.
"Cecil Stoughton's photos helped to create the aura that later came to be called Camelot," said Bobbi Baker Burrows, director of photography at Life magazine and coauthor of the National Geographic Society's 2006 publication, "The Kennedy Mystique."
"In the confusion that followed the assassination, his [swearing-in] photograph told the world that there was a new president, and the country that it was safe," Burrows said.