Paul Fusco: RFK Hardback
by Paul Fusco
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages, 120 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Aperture
- Publication Date: 11/08/2008
- Category: Individual photographers
- ISBN: 9781597110792
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Review by detailmuse
I came to <i>Paul Fusco: RFK</i> via David Rowell's <i>The Train of Small Mercies</i>, which Rowell says was inspired by Fusco’s photographs (taken in 1968 on assignment for Look Magazine) of the crowds lining the train route carrying Robert F. Kennedy’s family and remains from his funeral in NYC to his burial in Washington DC.This is the latest collection of those photographs, some of which are blurred literally by the train’s motion, most of which are profoundly moving, emotionally -- the abject shock on faces, the surprising mix of ages, the races standing elbow to elbow. They *are* inspiring, in their hint of outside lives and their riveting attention to the moment of RFK and country. The book also features Ted Kennedy’s eulogy of his brother and several essays, including Norman Mailer bargaining with God in “The Promise,” excerpted from <i>The Time of Our Time</i>.