Friday, August 6, 2010

THE Magazine: "Eppridge's work was as epic at the times themselves"

THE Magazine
Santa Fe's Monthly Magazine of and for the Arts
August, 2010



BILL EPPRIDGE: AN AMERICAN TREASURE
Exhibition continues through September 26

Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM. 992-0800

More than 50 images in color and black and white by eminent photojournalist Bill Eppridge are guaranteed to awaken memories of the sixties: family members attending the funeral of a civil rights victim, the Beatles arriving stateside, marines in Vietnam. By far, however, Eppridge's name is associated with the picture of Bobbie Kennedy campaigning for the presidency. His photographs of RFK's life bleeding out while a busboy tries to comfort him in June, 1968. is. like so many images from the late sixties, sadly iconic. Eppridge's first professional assignment was a nine-month, worldwide shoot for National Geographic. That story ran thirty-two pages. The magazine wanted to put him on staff, but on advice from the soon-to-become Geographic editor, Eppridge went to New York City to renew some friendships he had made at LIFE. Eppridge's work in LIFE, beginning in 1962, was as epic at the times themselves.



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