The Turning Point

Peter Hapak for TIME

In 1963, H. Warner King was a jewelry wholesaler in Dallas. Though he traveled frequently, he arranged to be home on Nov. 22, when President Kennedy was coming to town, because he was a fan. Of course he brought his trusty Leica to record the celebrations; he had been an amateur photographer in New Zealand during World War II and knew just where to stake out a good position to photograph the President and Jackie in their motorcade. "In one photo," marvels his daughter Sonia, "they're smiling right at him!" Minutes later, he was watching the motorcade race toward Parkland Hospital.

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