Since the 2008 I have had a deep interest in political photography. Exploring the work of White House Staff Photographers like, Pete Souza and Amanda Lucidon, all the way to The New York Times White House Photographers like, George Tames and Doug Mills. I started collecting photo books related to politics and for my birthday my parents gifted me R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal.
R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal Harry Benson is an intimate photographic portrait and a fitting tribute to an extraordinary man, and the legacy he left behind.
About the Book
World-renowned photojournalist Harry Benson’s photographs capture unprecedented intimate family outings alongside Senator Kennedy’s brief but unforgettable presidential run, from the announcement of his candidacy on St. Patrick’s Day in 1968, to the fervor and excitement of his days on the campaign trail, all the way through his shocking assassination in Los Angeles and the long, sweltering funeral procession to Arlington Cemetery. Here are glimpses of the exhilarating successes, and finally the chaos of that tragic night in Los Angeles, and the mourning of hundreds of thousands after their hero was struck down.
50 years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.
This book documents Robert F. Kennedy from a family vacation in 1966 to the funeral in 1968.
The first thing you notice about this book is Robert F. Kennedy's charming smile on the front cover. The book was recently re-released in paperback format, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, with excerpts from R.F.K.’s speeches and from photographer Harry Benson’s own 1966–68 journals It screams: "Look at me!"
The book is laid out in a timeline layout with a mixture of black & white and color photographs. The images remind me of personal family photos. You can tell that Robert F. Kennedy was very comfortable with Harry Benson. There are very few podium shots and lots of engaging photos including a few that would be impossible to achieve today based on security and the invention of the smart phone. The 1968 June 4-5 section covers the final speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. This part of the book has a editing change of pace and focus of imagery. The first five images set up the event without Robert F. Kennedy appearing until image number six. Then he doesn't return until he is laying on the kitchen floor after being shot. The chaos of the scenes can be felt in each photo.
If you are a political photograph fan add R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal Harry Benson to your collection. R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal Harry Benson can be ordered/purchased at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Power House Books.
About Photographer Harry Benson
Award-winning Scottish photojournalist Harry Benson, CBE began his career at the weekly Hamilton Advertiser newspaper and moved to the Scottish Daily Sketch after his exclusive interviews in prison with Scottish mass murderer Peter Manuel. By 1959 Harry had moved to London’s Fleet Street working for Lord Beaverbrooks’s Daily Express. Harry traveled to America with the Beatles in 1964 and never looked back.
Under contract to LIFE Magazine for 30 years, Harry has photographed for major magazines including Time, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, French Vogue, Quest, Paris Match, Forbes, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, People, and The London Sunday Times Magazine.
This review is my personal observation and opinion*