Beatlemania And Robert Kennedy’s Assassination: Photographer Bill Eppridge Dies

Bill Eppridge the US photojournalist who caught the assassination of Robert Kennedy on film as well as the Beatles when they stormed America for the first time has died age 75. Born in Buenos Aires in 1938, Eppridge spent much of his early years in Virginia, and Tennessee. When he was 14 his family moved to Delaware where he taught himself to become a photographer. He started his career snapping for his school newspaper and yearbook before getting his first professional job as a sports photographer for the Wilmington Star newspaper at fifteen.

In 1960 he graduated from the University of Missouri’s, Journalism program he worked for National Geographic magazine. After that, he began shooting for Life Magazine. Eppridge’s unique style of photojournalism brought him defining assignments like Latin American revolutions, the Vietnam war, and Woodstock. In 1964 while on a Eppridge captured the Beatles as they first stepped off the plane in the United States, and followed their rise to stardom and the phenomenon of Beatlemania. Bill Eppridge died in hospital in Connecticut from a blood infection caused by a fall. He was putting the finishing touches on a new book celebrating 50 years of The Beatles to be published in 2014.

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