Recuerdo de Paul Fusco

Me entero por el @insta de la todavía mítica agencia Magnum que ayer murió el fotógrafo PAUL FUSCO (1930-2020), que recientemente volvió a la actualidad al recuperarse sus imágenes sobre el viaje de despedida de los restos de Robert Kennedy y el homenaje de los norteamericanos al paso del tren, un increíble panorama del impacto del asesinato. En el video se repasan aquellos momentos, la peripecia de las fotos no publicadas por la mítica Look, pero que andando los años se publicaron en formato libro. Fusco aparece con la clásica y discreta Leica.

La misma historia, en francés, con motivo de la expo que VISA POUR L’IMAGE le dedicó (y que tuve la suerte de ver).

Copio la declaración de la agencia:

Chiapas, México. © Paul Fusco/Magnum Photos

@paulfuscomagnum worked as a photographer with the United States Army Signal Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953, before studying photojournalism at Ohio University, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1957. He moved to New York City and started his career as a staff photographer with Look, where he remained until 1971.⁠⠀
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In this role he produced important reportages on social issues in the US, including the plight of destitute miners in Kentucky; Latino ghetto life in New York City; cultural experimentation in California; African-American life in the Mississippi Delta; religious proselytizing in the South; and migrant laborers. He also worked in England, Israel, Egypt, Japan, Southeast Asia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, and made an extended study of the Iron Curtain countries, from northern Finland to Iran.⁠⠀
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Fusco become a Magnum associate in 1973 and a full member the following year. His photography has been published widely in major US magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones and Psychology Today, as well as in other publications worldwide.⁠⠀
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Among his latest subjects are people living with AIDS in California, homelessness and the welfare system in New York, and the Zapatista uprising in the Mexican state of Chiapas. He has also worked on a long-term project documenting Belarussian children and adults sickened by radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl explosion.⁠⠀
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We share a statement from the president of Magnum Photos, @oliviarthur, and thoughts from Fusco’s fellow Magnum photographers @brucedavidsonphoto, @gillesperessstudio, and @elireedmagnum on the occasion of Paul’s death at the link at bio.⁠”
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USA. San Francisco. 1993. AIDS at the Ambassador Hotel. Aerial’s I.Q. must be 150. 20 years ago he was a psychologist working with autistic children. He says he’s a hippie who never left the scene – He also never left the drug scene.
© Paul Fusco/Magnum Photos

USA. New York City. 2000. Women in mourning and outrage, New York City. They appear at an anti-police brutality rallies, drawn together to share their crosses of sorrows, losses and grief.