Robert Kennedy, Los Angeles
© Harry Benson

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Robert Kennedy, Los Angeles 1968 (printed 2007)
  • Scottish Art
In 1968 a press conference was held in Los Angeles for Senator Bobby Kennedy after his victory in the Californian primary. Following his speech, Benson trailed the entourage through the kitchen of the hotel. Although he did not hear the gun shots, Harry recalls thinking: “This is it”. He climbed on to a cooker hob and began taking pictures of the slain Senator - “I kept thinking, he’d understand how important this is, recording history, doing my job”. This photograph appears calm and composed even though it captures a moment of mayhem. Looking down from above, Benson evokes the sense of something spiritual watching over Kennedy’s lifeless body. The white shirts of the two figures, together with Kennedy’s, create a triangle that focuses attention on the Senator’s unresponsive face.


  • Acc. No. PGP 374.3
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 22.50 x 33.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased from the photographer 2007