Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train - The People's View: a wall installation, a film and a book.

slipcase, cover and pull out section of 10 photographs of Paul Fusco

Information about the book:
The book is a photographical reconstruction of the famous delayed train journey and an homage to RFK and the beautiful photo series by Paul Fusco. I have linked these images together, in the spirit of the people who stood side by side along the tracks in 1968. These unassumed images are accompanied by a fine selection of letters and quotes from eyewitnesses.
This book also contains a section with 10 so far unpublished photos taken by Paul Fusco from aboard the funeral train.

The American art critic and poet David Levi Strauss and the Dutch writer Taco Hidde Bakker had written a comprehensive essay for the book on the relationships between photography, history, and contemporary politics in light of the people's views of the RFK funeral train as collected for this project. I wrote the preface.

The photobook (limited edition) is a joint publication between two non-profit publishers of photography and art books: Fw:Books (Amsterdam) and the Magnum Foundation (New York City).
The book will be published in June 2018. If you are interested in purchasing this book, just send me an email:

Photographs and film stills: By Americans who stood along the railway on June 8, 1968

Editing: Rein Jelle Terpstra

Graphic design: Jeremy Jansen

Lithography: Marc Gijzen

Production: Jos Moree Fine Books

Translation and text editing: Felix van de Vorst, Hannah Vernier, and Taco Hidde Bakker.

Size: 8 x 10.5 inches (203 mm 267 mm)

Retail price: approx 47,50/$ 55

Publication date: June 2018

All image rights belong to the owners of the images and are published with their full consent.

The book will also feature the names of all the participants who had confidence in this project and helped me by sharing their personal images, films, and stories.

Information about the film and wall installation: in progress

About myself:

I was born on July 4, 1960 (Independence Day), so I was nearly eight years old when RFK was assassinated. My father was very fond of the United States and all things American, in addition to being a true Kennedy admirer. He told us many stories about the Kennedys, which have left an imprint on me ever since. Later, as an artist, especially after a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam), I began working with photography in relation to the theme of memory. My photo projects - slideshow installations and books - investigate the relationships between perception, memory, and the absence of images. My work is held in various collections, including the collection of artists' books at the MoMA Library (New York), The Royal Museum of Arts (Brussels), Yale University Library (New Haven), and the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles). Furthermore, I was nominated for the Dutch Doc Award in 2014, and I teach fine arts and photography at Minerva Art Academy, Groningen (NL).
During the spring of 2017, I undertook a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington, D.C. to work on the project RFK Funeral Train - The People's View (2014-2018).

Project Facebook page:

This project is on show now at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, will be exhibited in Les Rencontres D'Arles (France 2018), the International Center of Photography (New York City 2018) and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2019).

book pre sale:

Bank account:
Bic code: ASNBNL21
ASN BANK account: NL42 ASNB 0707447402
Name: R.J.Terpstra

address of the bank:
Bezuidenhoutseweg 153
2594 AG Den Haag
The Netherlands