Sadly Paul Fusco died in July 2020 at the age of 89. Whilst we published his book RFK Funeral Train in the UK in 2001, I never had the opportunity to meet him. Something I greatly regret - he was a great photographer. During lockdown we went through our local storage area (where we mainly keep copies of books for distribution to the Press) and discovered 3 copies of this landmark book. I kept one for my personal collection. Now we have just one last hardback copy - this is in as new condition.
Fusco’s combination of real emotion and spontaneous theatricality could not be more of the moment – or more timeless.’ – Village Voice
On June 8, 1968, Robert Kennedy’s coffin was put on a train 20 cars long in New York and taken slowly to Washington, D.C., for burial in the Arlington Memorial Cemetery. Paul Fusco, then a staff photographer for Look, was on that train, and the pictures he took of people who lined the tracks along the way fill this moving book.
These emotional photographs, many never-before-seen, remember the urgency and tragedy of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and the moving farewell from hundreds of thousands of people who stood patiently in the searing heat along roadsides down the east coast to watch his funeral train pass slowly by just as Abraham Lincoln’s had 103 years before.
Essays by Norman Mailer (reporting in 1968 from the funeral) as well as a retelling of the story of the passage of the funeral train by Newsweek editor and RFK biographer Evan Thomas, join the tribute given by Robert Kennedy’s brother Senator Edward M. Kennedy, to evoke how this man and his vision of America touched people with idealism and humanity.
Paul Fusco became a MAGNUM photographer a 1973. His work deals with social issues worldwide.
Published in association with Magnum Photos & Umbrage Editions
120 pages, 53 photographs
178mm x 280mm