Paul Fusco: RFK
Paul Fusco: RFK, published during the fortieth anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in Los Angeles while campaigning for the Presidential nomination, is the long-awaited follow-up to Fusco’s acclaimed RFK Funeral Train, a body of work heralded as a contemporary classic. This historical new publication features over seventy never-before-seen images, many selected from the untapped treasure trove of slides that comprise the Library of Congress’s Look magazine Collection.
Hear Fusco talk about his experience in this slideshow from The New York Times.
The work is now on view at Danziger Projects.
As a staff photographer for Look magazine in 1968, Fucso was commissioned to document all the events surrounding the funeral, including the eight-hour journey from New York to Washington, D.C. on the train that carried Kennedy’s coffin. Shooting approximately 2,000 pictures from inside, Fusco had a unique vantage point resulting in one of the most powerful and affecting series of photographs ever taken. In addition to capturing the thousands of Americans from every section of society – black, white, poor, rich – who stood by the railroad tracks to pay their final respects to Bobby Kennedy, he also photographed the mourners gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and the dramatic night burial in Arlington National Cemetery with members of the Kennedy family. Newly discovered photographs are presented alongside classic images of the funeral train that have been seared into the public consciousness from two previous iterations of the work; a 1999 limited-edition and the 2000 trade edition, both long-out-of-print.
Paul Fusco: RFK provides a new perspective on this legendary photographer’s singular achievement. It also helps solidify the status of this classic body of work as one of the great efforts in photographic reportage and an incomparable document of this pivotal moment in U.S. history.
Paul Fusco (born in Leominster, Massachusetts, 1930), a member of Magnum Photos since 1974, began his career photographing for the U.S. signal Core during the Korean War. He studied photojournalism at Ohio University and his work has been widely published and exhibited, including exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery, London and the International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan, France.
Senator Edward Kennedy (tribute), brother of Robert F. Kennedy, has served in the U.S. Senate since 1962. Norman Mailer (1923-2007) (essay) wrote more than thirty books, garnering the Pulitzer Prize twice. Evan Thomas (essay) is editor at Newsweek and author of Robert Kennedy: His Life. Vicki Goldberg (essay) is a leading voice in the field of photography criticism; Light Matters was published by Aperture in 2005.