In 1990, Diana Walker photographed actress Katharine Hepburn receiving a Kennedy Center Honor. In the photo, the great actress sits with the other honorees in a box at the Opera House, wiping away a tear.
“This picture was taken with a very long lens from my perch in the Opera House. The tribute was over and they were honoring her with applause and she just began to cry … She was unprepared for this picture. This picture was taken from miles away.”
Walker is asked whether by taking the photo from so far away, without Hepburn realizing it, that she violated the actress’ privacy.
“The only way I’m able to take that picture is when the lights are on her,” Walker says. “Otherwise, she’d be in the dark. So she, the actress, is prepared to acknowledge the crowd. And whether she knew I was taking the picture or didn’t know I was taking the picture, I’m so glad I was taking the picture, because to me, this is the Katharine Hepburn of my mind.”