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Photojournalism: Shel Hershorn

Shel Hershorn with President Kennedy in a crowd.
Shel Hershorn photographing President Kennedy
Photographer unknown

Shel Hershorn was born in Denver, Colorado, and learned photography while serving in the U.S. Navy. He got his first newspaper job with the Casper, Wyoming, Tribune Herald, and moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1954 to work for the Dallas Times Herald and United Press International. In 1956, he became a contract photographer for the Black Star Publishing Company.

Hershorn was based in Dallas for most of his career as a photojournalist, and much of his collection has Texas subjects, ranging from industry to fashion to sports to politics. Some of his most memorable photos are of Sam Rayburn's funeral and of Lee Harvey Oswald in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Hershorn's coverage of Charles Whitman's shootings on the University of Texas campus include the iconic image of the UT tower viewed through bullet-shattered glass, which was the cover of Life magazine in 1966.

Hershorn's photos appeared in a number of publications, including Life, Fortune, Newsweek, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Saturday Evening Post, and Playboy.

Hershorn donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 1996.

Finding aid for the Shel Hershorn Photographic Archive
View images from the Shel Hershorn Photographic Archive
Photojournalism (Collection Strengths)
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