We Have Lost Bill Eppridge

One of the icons of our industry has passed.

I saw him speak many times, was always humbled, always inspired.

Karen Mullarkey, a former Life photo editor, from the NPPA story:

“I said to him, ‘Do you mean to tell me that if Bobby Kennedy, who you adore, was shot in front of you … you wouldn’t put down your camera and try to help him?’ To which Eppridge replied, ‘I am not paid to do that. I am paid to record the event completely. Not to edit it in my camera. That’s the job of photo editors here at Life and the decision of the managing editor as to what they will publish.”

A photojournalist’s photojournalist if ever there was one.

Mark E. Johnson

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