Paul Fusco: RFK

PhotographerYseult Chehata
PrizeGold in Book (series Only) / Documentary
Entry Description

A 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 Photograph Collection. Robert F. Kennedy’s death shook the country to its core and for millions of Americans, including Paul Fusco, seemed to represent the end of hope. In 1968, Fusco was a staff photographer for Look magazine. He 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, rich, poor—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. Aperture—located in New York’s Chelsea art district—is a world-renowned non-profit publisher and exhibition space dedicated to promoting photography in all its forms. Aperture was founded in 1952 by photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and Minor White; historian Beaumont Newhall; and writer/curator Nancy Newhall, among others. These visionaries created a new quarterly periodical, Aperture magazine, to foster both the development and the appreciation of the photographic medium and its practitioners. In the 1960s, Aperture expanded to include the publication of books (over five hundred to date) that comprise one of the most comprehensive and innovative libraries in the history of photography and art. Aperture’s programs now include artist lectures and panel discussions, limited-edition photographs, and traveling exhibitions that show at major museums and arts institutions in the U.S. and internationally

About Photographer

Aperture—a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to advancing photography in all its forms—was founded in 1952 by six gifted individuals: photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and Minor White; historian Beaumont Newhall; and writer/curator Nancy Newhall. With scant resources, these visionary artists created a new periodical, Aperture magazine, to serve photographers and photography enthusiasts worldwide. As the medium flourished, so too did Aperture Foundation, expanding to include the subsequent publication of books (over four hundred to date); limited-edition photographs and portfolios; artist lectures and symposia; and a traveling exhibitions program that since its inception has presented over one hundred exhibitions at major museums and cultural institutions throughout the United States and abroad.