Featured photo for exhibit Bill Eppridge

Bill Eppridge

An American Master

2018-06-29 - 2018-09-15

Bill Eppridge (1938–2013) was one of the most accomplished photojournalists of the Twentieth Century and captured some of the most significant moments in American history: he covered wars, political campaigns, heroin addiction, the arrival of the Beatles in the United States, Vietnam, Woodstock, the summer and winter Olympics, and perhaps the most dramatic moment of his career - the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles. Over the last 60 years, his work appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Life, and Sports Illustrated.

He was the recipient of the 2011 Lucie Award for Achievement in Photojournalism. According to Aurichio, “the most important element to Eppridge was always content but composition helped communicate the content. His own writings on the subject that he titled, “Journalist as artist”, express his philosophy: “A journalist does not necessarily imply ‘artist’ but you are not going to make your point if you cannot make a picture that people will stop and explore...the ‘artist’ in one instant must establish a sense of time, a sense of place, a moment of importance, a moment of aesthetic beauty all in the same frame, one moment in history. In terms of importance, the fewer of these present, the less significant the photograph. Anybody can take pictures, but not anybody can become a photographer.’”