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About the Work

I chose the subtitle 'Washington, DC' because that is where the photograph was taken. In August 1973, I had the good fortune to stay with Ed Clark, President Kennedy's official photographer in Washington. He had kindly arranged a press pass for me to photograph the Watergate hearings. However, the day I arrived, the hearings unexpectedly went into summer recess, and so I contented myself with the self-portrait. The work I am holding features a portrait by Ed Clark of the President holding Ed Clark's portrait of the President's baby, Caroline. The correspondence, edged in black, is from Jackie Kennedy to the Clarks following the assassination in Dallas of her husband.

(Collection: Arts Council of Wales)

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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