On June 6, 1968, in the midst of his campaign for president, Robert F. Kennedy died from an assassin’s bullet. Two days later, on June 8, after a funeral mass in New York City, his casket was placed on a special train bound for Arlington National Cemetery. A journey that should have taken hours took all day, as thousands of Americans lined the 225 miles of track in a spontaneous outpouring of grief. Photographer Paul Fusco was on the train, and ended up taking more than a thousand pictures from his window. These images can be seen in the Aperture publication Paul Fusco: RFK.
Now, on the 43rd anniversary of the event, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Stoddart and HBO brig Fusco’s images to life. Told by those who appeared in Fusco’s images as they stood on the tracks 43 years ago, One Thousand Pictures: R.F.K’s Last Journey chronicles the complex impact of Kennedy’s assassination on the country.
Aperture is honored to host a panel discussion featuring Magnum photographer Paul Fusco, filmmaker Jennifer Stoddart, and gallertist James Danziger to discuss the images and their ongoing impact.
In 2008 Aperture published Paul Fusco: RFK 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 Photograph Collection.
Paul Fusco 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.
Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
Exclusive film debut on HBO2:
Wednesday, June 8, 8:00 pm.