In 1968 Magnum photographer Paul Fusco accompanied the body of Robert F Kennedy from New York City to its final resting place in Arlington Cemetery, near Washington, DC. Transported by train, the coffin was placed in the last of 22 cars and elevated so that it was visible through the large observation windows. But it was what lay outside the train that interested Fusco most; the track-side mourners who, silent, curious and patient, waited to pay their respects.
A uniquely profound record, RFK Funeral Train is an oblique chronicle of the tragedy and trauma of Robert F Kennedy’s assassination. In tribute to RFK’s raw empathy and his determination to make lives better across the social spectrum, hundreds of thousands of people stood patiently in the searing heat to pay their respects.
HOST is proud to exhibit the entire series of 52 images in London for the first time. RFK Funeral Train is a Magnum Photos touring Exhibition.