Gold Medal The Netherlands
Rein Jelle Terpstra
Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train – The People’s View
Design: Jeremy Jansen
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Publisher: Books, Amstedam
On 8 June 1968 the funeral train with the body of murdered presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy travelled from New York to Washington. The photographer Paul Fusco was also on the train and took photographs of the people who lined the tracks in their thousands. This memorable event has
been researched by photographer Rein Jelle Terpstra, who asked himself how those people actually perceived the train. In extensive fieldwork he managed to make contact with persons who filmed and took private photographs themselves. The different perspective has been documented and presented by Terpstra in this publication. Structured chronologically, the material reconstructs the journey from outside the train. All pages are designed as double pages, with an outward fold. This allows photos to extend over the front edge as well. When leafing through the book, a kind of propulsion is generated that evokes the funeral train rolling past. Individual frames from films are printed on black paper. These rather out-of-focus pictures, taken spontaneously by amateurs, are only understandable because the circumstances are known; otherwise they would seem mundane. On black paper? White sections had to be preprinted, creating a peculiar, unreal mood that recalls the harrowing atmosphere that day. One contemporary witness remarks: I can remember the thickness in the air. It is a book that preserves sources and serves as a memorial.