The Legacy of Bill Eppridge

2022-09-30 - 2022-11-20

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 civil rights movement, (notably the funeral of James Chaney, who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan), the Olympic Games, America’s Cup races, and revolutions in Latin America, 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; and has been exhibited in museums throughout the world.

The exhibit presents an overview of his career, including many never-before-seen examples of his early work, and many of his photographs of Bobby Kennedy’s 1968 campaign will be featured.

A Gallery talk via Zoom was held on Friday, September 30 with Eppridge’s wife, longtime editor, and collaborator Adrienne Aurichio. Adrienne Aurichio is the Director of the Bill Eppridge Photography Archive. View the recording of the discussion here.

“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.’”--Bill Eppridge

BLIND Magazine: Bill Eppridge’s Vibrant Portrait of America in the 1960s