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The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy airport, New York City on Feb. 7, 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Courtesy of Monroe Gallery

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy mobbed by youthful admirers while campaigning in California on Oct. 1, 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

Robert F. Kennedy is silhouetted while campaigning on behalf of Gov. Edmund G. Brown and other Democratic candidates on Oct. 1, 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

Robert F. Kennedy greets supporters while riding in a convertible during his campaign.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

Sen. Robert Kennedy stands in the back of convertible car as he is swamped outstretched hands while campaigning for a local democratic congressional candidate in Marion, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

Sen. Robert Kennedy standing on roof of car as he is swamped by a crowd of welcoming well-wishers while campaigning for a local Democratic congressional candidate in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 1, 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

Life Magazine photographer Bill Eppridge, left, covering Robert Kennedy's campaign on Jan. 1, 1968.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Burton Berinsky / Time & Life Pictures

Robert F. Kennedy running on the beach with his dog Freckles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

Presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy campaigns in the Watts section of Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Courtesy of Monroe Gallery

Senator Robert Kennedy and wife, Ethel, greet supporters and the press at the Ambassador Hotel after his California Primary election victory on June 5, 1968, just before his assassination.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

Sen. Robert Kennedy lies semiconscious after being shot in the brain and neck while busboy Juan Romero tries to comfort him, in the kitchen at Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Time & Life Pictures

This 1964 photo taken by Bill Eppridge and released courtesy of Monroe Gallery shows Fannie Lee Chaney, right, and her son Ben Chaney at the funeral for her older son James Earl Chaney, in Meridian, Miss. James Earl Chaney, 21, was one of three American civil rights workers who were murdered during Freedom Summer. Photojournalist Bill Eppridge, whose legendary career included capturing images of a mortally wounded Robert Kennedy, the Beatles and the civil rights movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Danbury, Conn., after a brief illness. He was 75.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © Bill Eppridge / Courtesy of Monroe Gallery

Portrait of Bill Eppridge, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: © R. David Marks / Courtesy of Monroe Gallery

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Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge was on assignment taking pictures of wild horses in the Montana mountains in 1968 when he got word that Robert F. Kennedy had announced he was running for president.

“I jumped into my jeep, drove about 20 miles down the worst roads in the world,” Eppridge said in a 2006 radio interview. He had photographed Kennedy in 1966 and was so taken with the senator that he frantically wanted to cover the presidential campaign. He got to a phone and called the magazine. “I’ve got to do this,” he said.

The assignment ended tragically on June 5, 1968, with what is widely considered one of the greatest news photos of all time. Eppridge took the haunting picture of Kennedy slumped on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles just after Kennedy was shot by an assassin, with busboy Juan Romero trying to comfort him.

Photo editor Karen Mullarkey, who worked with Eppridge at Life and other publications, described him as a brilliant photographer. “He went on to many other assignments,” she said. “But I believe in my heart that part of Bill perished that night.”

Eppridge, 75, died Thursday in a Danbury, Conn. hospital after a short illness, according to his wife, Adrienne Aurichlo. His friend Bill Snead, who was formerly photo director at the Washington Post, said Eppridge had recently suffered a fall.

Eppridge had taken other revered photos in his long career, working for numerous publications. In 1964 he did the landmark photo essay “Needle Park” about the lives and deaths of drug addicts in New York. It was the inspiration for the film, “Panic in Needle Park”. He also photographed in Vietnam during the war years.





  1. October 4, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Bill had the eye to capture the moment, bu.t he was also n inventor. Soft shutter button for
    Nikon F, replaced the Velcro on his Domke bag with bungee core and punched out dots on non-skid floor strips and glued them to the shutter button on his electronic camera so he quickly find the shutter button.
    Used garbage bag to water proof his camera bag and be able to change lenses in the rain…great photographer and inventor.

  2. October 4, 2013, 10:54 pm

    Looking at these pictures pulls at the strings of my heart… Both the Beatles and Robert Kennedy hold a special place in the heart of this 62- year old woman and will do so for the rest of my life. Memories of a different time and what seemed like a different world.
    Rest in peace Bill Eppridge and thank you for the beautiful work you left behind. My condolences to your family and those who knew you and loved you.
    Ria Lembregts-Aeschlimann

    By: ria

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