Photojournalist Bill Eppridge Dies October 3, 2013

JoAnne Kalish at Bill Eppridge Retrospective © Joe DiMaggio

JoAnne Kalish at Bill Eppridge Retrospective © Joe DiMaggio

I did not know Bill Eppridge very well but I certainly knew of his work.  He did so many iconic history making photographs that we all know so well some of which I had no idea were made by him. Bill Eppridge was as an extremely talented and great photojournalist. According to my partner Joe DiMaggio, Bill was rather humble about what he’d accomplished over the last few decades. I always like someone more when I hear this.

For those not familiar with Bill’s work, Bill made the enduring historic image of mortally wounded Senator Robert F. Kennedy lying on the floor of a Los Angeles hotel in June 1968. Mr. Kennedy had just won the California primary and was delivering an acceptance speech when he was shot by an Assassin.

Both Joe and I had an opportunity to go to Bill’s retrospective at the Fairfield Museum a while back. I had no idea how many photographs that I remembered, in my minds eye, as part of history, that had such a great impact on me. The depth and scope of his work at that show really brought it home about how important his contribution was as a journalist.   My sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to Bill’s family and friends. The world will miss him.


All Photos © JoAnne Kalish or Joe DiMaggio

This past weekend I made time to go to the Fairfield Museum in Connecticut to see Photographer Bill Eppridge’s Retrospective Show. What an amazing photography exhibit it was. I highly recommend it.

For those of you who are not familiar with Bill’s work, google him and make it a priority to see his retrospective before it ends. Bill is a photojournalist whose work spans over three decades with Life Magazine, Sport Illustrated and National Geographic. He is best known for his photos of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination but there is so much more to his work. As a former journalist myself (Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine) however, I would never consider myself anywhere close to having his photojournalistic ability,  I truly enjoyed reading his words alongside his amazing photographs which  briefly gave a few personal thoughts behind some of the images or what his assignment entailed.  In all honesty it was up there with the best of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen.

For all my students, please take the time to go to this exhibit and see the power of a great still Image and see for yourself what a very fine photojournalist Bill Eppridge is and take a lesson. 

The show opened May 1 and continues till August 28