Bill Eppridge, who photographed Robert Kennedy’s campaign and assassination, The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, Woodstock and countless other major stories for LIFE Magazine, Sports Illustrated and other publications, died early this morning of complications from an infection. He was 75. Eppridge’s death was confirmed by Michelle Monroe of Monroe Gallery, which represents Eppridge’s work exclusively.
During his 50-year-career, Eppridge photographed many history-making events, but was perhaps most famous for his images that captured the turmoil of the Sixties. One of his most widely seen photos showed presidential candidate Robert Kennedy bleeding on the floor of a hotel kitchen after he was shot, while a panic-stricken hotel busboy cradled his head. In an interview he gave to PDN Edu last year, Eppridge said, “At that point, the moment that gunfire went off, I realized that I was no longer a journalist.” He explained, “I’m a historian.”
To read more, see our obituary of Bill Eppridge on PDNOnline.
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* Photo above: June 5, 1968. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and his wife Ethel (Standing at the podium in the Ambassador Hotel Ballroom. Kennedy was just finishing his California primary victory speech and was moments away from walking into the kitchen where he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.) Photo © Bill Eppridge. Courtesy Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images