The American People Archive. U.S.Senator Eugene McCarthy, Presidential Candidate. 1968

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This extreme closeup was made during the presidential campaign of 1968 - using a medium format Rollieflex. This JPG image is from a scan of that 8x10" vintage silver print.
Eugene McCarthy was a prominent democratic candidate for President of the United States, but was really running for Vice President on the assumption that Robert Kennedy would win the American Presidency. Unfortunately, when it became evident that the American People would elect Bobbie Kennedy as President in a landslide vote - Bobbie was assassinated in order to prevent the fulfillment of policies instituted by his brother Jack.
I made this documentary portrait of Eugene McCarthy upon his arrival in Detroit. When Bobbie Kennedy came to Detroit on his campaign trip, the crowd was so great at his automobile arrival, that the closest that I could get was from the upper floor for an aerial view.
However, years earlier in his career, I had made a personal portrait in pencil of Robert Kennedy - that was part of a series of drawings titled: Portraits of Ten Famous Men - which included the mathematician Sir Bertrand Russell, the pianist Serge Rubinstein, the Irish poet Brendan Behan - and others.
One of the pencil drawings in the Famous Portraits Portfolio series was a closeup portrait of the physicist Albert Einstein, which was acquired by the Israeli National Gallery - where it was retained in their permanent archive for several decades until the turn of the millennium, when it was auctioned in order to expand the Israeli Gallery.
The new owner did some research on the Einstein portrait and noted that I was a photographer with the same name as the artist that drew the portrait - and contacted me to query if I was indeed the same artist that had drawn the Einstein portrait. He was pleased when I confirmed the connection.

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  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (5 Sep 2011):

    This is amazing.

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