Rein Jelle Terpstra: Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train, The People’s View (Fw:Books, 2019)

After a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam), Rein Jelle Terpstra (Dutch, born 1960) began investigating the relationships between perception and memory, by making slideshow installations and books. His work is held in various collections, including the collection of the SFMOMA (San Francisco), MoMA Library (New York), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam), Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam), The Royal Museum of Arts (Brussels), Yale University Library (New Haven), and the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles).

During the spring of 2017, he undertook a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington, D.C. to work on the research project RFK Funeral Train – The People’s View.

Rein Jelle Terpstra lives and works in Amsterdam.

Artist: http://www.reinjelleterpstra.nl/

Video: Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train: The People’s View (Vimeo)

June 8, 2018, will mark the 50th anniversary of the ‘RFK funeral train’. Up to one million Americans stood along the railway, paying their respects as the train slowly made its way from New York City to Washington, D.C.

Rein Jelle Terpstra reconstructs this important day in American history by using vernacular photographs, film stills, and the personal recollections of eyewitnesses.

The book comes in custom-made hard slipcase and includes a 16 pages booklet with never before published work of Paul Fusco, Magnum photographer, who was on the train photographing the people alongside the tracks.

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Paul Fusco: RFK Funeral Train (Umbrage Edition, 2001)

In tribute to Robert F. Kennedy’s raw empathy, his determination to make our lives better, and his insistence that the government is answerable to all – black and white, rich and poor – hundreds of thousands of people stood patiently in the searing heat on June 8th, 1968 to watch his funeral train travel slowly from New York to Washington, D.C., just as Abraham Lincoln’s had, 103 years before.

Paul Fusco photographed the silent, mourning crowds from the passing train. The result, brought to light over thirty-years later, is a moving snapshot of America at a crucial moment of trauma and transition.

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Paul Fusco (American, born 1930) worked as a photographer with the United States Army Signal Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953, before studying photojournalism at Ohio University, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1957. He moved to New York City and started his career as a staff photographer with LOOK, where he remained until 1971. After Look closed down, Fusco approached Magnum Photos, becoming an associate in 1973 and a full member the following year.

He produced important reportages on social issues in the US, including the plight of destitute miners in Kentucky; Latino ghetto life in New York City; cultural experimentation in California; African-American life in the Mississippi delta; religious proselytizing in the South; and migrant laborers.

He has also worked on a long-term project documenting Belarusian children and adults sickened by radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl explosion.

Paul Fusco is now based in New York City.

Video: Chernobyl Legacy by Paul Fusco on MediaStorm

Publisher: Umbrage Editions (2001)

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Publisher: Fw:Books

Related: Super 8 Films from Rein Jelle Terpstra’s The People’s View ( The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)