This limited-edition photograph was selected from among the more than seventy newly re-discovered images in Paul Fusco: RFK (Aperture, September 2008), published to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in Los Angeles.
In 1968 Fusco was a staff photographer for Look magazine. Robert F. Kennedy's death shook the country to its core and for millions of Americans, including Paul Fusco, his assassination seemed to represent the end of hope. 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 an extraordinarily powerful and affecting series of photographs capturing the thousands of Americans from every sector of society who stood by the railroad tracks to pay their final respects.
Paul Fusco (born in Leominster, Massachusetts, 1930), a member of Magnum Photos since 1974, began his career photographing for the U.S. Signal Corps during the Korean War. He studied photojournalism at Ohio University and his work has been widely published and exhibited, including at the Photographers’ Gallery, London; and the International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan, France.