Paul Fusco: RFK.
Photography by Paul Fusco, tribute by Edward M. Kennedy, and essays by Norman Mailer, Evan Thomas and Vicki Goldberg.
Aperture, New York, 2008. 224 pp., 120 four-color illustrations., 11¾x9½".
Paul Fusco: RFK, published during the fortieth anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination,
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.
As a staff photographer for Look magazine, in 1968, Fusco was in fact commissioned
to document all the events surrounding the funeral. In addition to capturing the thousands
of Americans who stood by the railroad tracks to greet the funeral train carrying
Kennedy’s coffin, he also photographed the mourners gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
in New York, as well as the dramatic night burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Newly
discovered photographs are presented alongside classic images of the funeral train
that have been seared into 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.
Read Will Steacy's review of RFK in photo-eye Magazine.
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