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[Lee Harvey Oswald standing outside his home holding a rifle, Dallas]

Date Spring 1963
Location Dallas Texas United States
Dimensions Image (Paper): 11 x 8 in. (27.9 x 20.3 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Section: Celebrity
About one year after Lee Harvey Oswald returned from the Soviet Union with his new Soviet wife and young daughter, he became famous when he was arrested on suspicion of killing President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Investigators searched his home and found this photograph of him standing in his backyard. Oswald is holding a rifle and two Communist newspapers. Oswald’s wife, Marina Oswald, told investigators she had taken the photograph in the spring of that year. A few months after the image was first found, it was released to and published in the press. When different versions of the photograph appeared, rumors started swirling about its authenticity. Several scientific and technical studies were performed on the photograph over the years; the most recent investigation was completed in 2015 and concluded that it was not tampered with.

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The LIFE Magazine Collection, 2005

Feedback Accession No. 1991.2005