ICP Museum || Good Bye BoBBy

On June 8, 1968, thousands of people lined the train tracks from New York to Washington, DC, paying their last respects and expressing bewilderment and sorrow at the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The train carrying the senator’s body took eight hours to make the trip toward Kennedy’s final resting place, Arlington National Cemetery. Photographer Paul Fusco documented the funeral train’s journey and his images have become emblematic of the loss of idealism during a period of political upheaval in the United States. Dutch visual artist, photographer, and filmmaker Rein Jelle Terpstra has been tracking down the bystanders’ views of this day. He has collected more than two hundred images, including snapshots and home movies of the train. In RFK Funeral Train: The People’s View, Terpstra combines a multiscreen video projection that stitches together this collection of vernacular photographs and audio and video remembrances of these mourners with prints by Fusco. Through this project, Terpstra adds a new chapter to a collective memory that is slowly disappearing.

ICP Museum, Lower East Side, Manhattan

August 16th, 2018

ICP Museum || The Decisive moment

Sometimes it happens that you stall, delay, wait for something to happen. Sometimes you have the feeling that here are all the makings of a picture – except for just one thing that seems to be missing. But what one thing? Perhaps someone suddenly walks into your range of view. You follow his progress through the viewfinder. You wait and wait, and then finally you press the button – and you depart with the feeling (though you don’t know why) that you’ve really got something. Later, to substantiate this, you can take a print of this picture, trace it on the geometric figures which come up under analysis, and you’ll observe that, if the shutter was released at the decisive moment, you have instinctively fixed a geometric pattern without which the photograph would have been both formless and lifeless. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Prostitute, Calle Cuauhtemoctzin, Mexico City, 1934


Behind the Gare St. Lazare, Place de  l’Europe, Paris, 1932


Coronation of King George VI, Trafalgar Square, London, May 12, 1937


Dessau, Germany, May-June 1945


Downtown, Manhattan, New York, 1947


Manhattan, New York, 1947


Saul Steinberg, Vermont, 1947


Jean-Paul Sartre, Le Pont des Arts, Paris, 1946


Rangoon, Burma, 1948


The Forbidden City, Beijing, December 1948


Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment examined Cartier-Bresson’s influential publication, widely considered to be one of the most important photobooks of the twentieth century. Pioneering for its emphasis on the photograph itself as a unique narrative form, The Decisive Moment was described by Robert Capa as “a Bible for photographers.” Originally titled Images à la Sauvette (“images on the run”) in French, the book was published in English with a new title, The Decisive Moment, which unintentionally imposed the motto which would define Cartier-Bresson’s work. – International Center of Photography (ICP)

August 16th, 2018

ICP Museum || The Fun Moment

Christina Fernandez, Untitled Esposure


Roni Horn
This is Me, This is You (1997-2000) – 48 pairs of photographs the artist took of her niece Georgia Loy between childhood and adolescence (detail)


Roni Horn
This is Me, This is You (1997-2000) – 48 pairs of photographs the artist took of her niece Georgia Loy between childhood and adolescence (detail)


ICP Museum, Lower East Side, Manhattan

August 16th, 2018