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photo l.a. 2020 : Paul Fusco


For Photo l.a. 2020, Danziger Gallery presents Paul Fusco’s “RFK Funeral Train” series, a selection of photographs of the people who lined the rails to pay their final respects to Robert F. Kennedy as a train carried his body from New York to Washington where he was to be buried at Arlington Cemetery. In the years since they were taken, these photographs have become a beloved, influential, and seminal series in photography. And while in some ways they represent the end of the hopes and dreams of the sixties, at the same time they celebrate the idealism and diversity of America. In the middle of 1968, two events shook the nation, the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4th and the assassination of Robert Kennedy on June 5th. Hastily arranged, Robert Kennedy’s funeral train traveled on June 8th, a swelteringly hot early summer day. Paul Fusco, then a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine, was given a place with other journalists on the train. As the train made its progress down the eastern seaboard, hundreds of thousands of mourners came...

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