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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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David Hume Kennerly
Robert F. Kennedy at his California victory celebration on June 5, 1968, © David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1968
Robert F. Kennedy greets well-wishers at his California victory celebration at the Ambassador Hotel minutes before being shot on June 5, 1968. Kennedy's win in the California primary gave him a major push toward winning the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Did you know?
Robert F. Kennedy is remembered by many people for a quote that defined his political philosophy: "Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?' I dream things that never were and say, ‘Why not?'"
Read this photograph:
Describe the facial expressions and different types of dress on the people in the picture. How is everyone arranged in terms of physical space? What's significant about the victory gesture being so prominent?
 
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