The Zapruder Camera

1963

On November 22, 1963, the day of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas, Abraham Zapruder initially left his camera at home. But his secretary convinced him to return home for this 8mm Bell and Howell Zoomatic movie camera to record the Presidential visit. Around noon, Zapruder left his office with the camera and went to nearby Dealey Plaza. At 12:30 P.M., he filmed the Kennedy motorcade just before, during, and immediately after the shooting. The 26 seconds of footage shot on this camera constitute the only complete film record of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

National Archives, Records of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


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