b. 1930 Leominster, Massachusetts
Paul Fusco is a leading US reportage photographer. Fusco developed a keen interest in the medium as a teenager and in his early twenties served as a photographer during the Korean War. He then took a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism at Ohio University, graduating in 1957. He moved to New York and worked at Look for which his reportage covered a range of social subjects, from miners in Kentucky to cultural experimentation in California. In 1968 he was aboard the funeral train of the assassinated Robert F. Kennedy, ostensibly to photograph celebrities, but instead he documented the emotional reactions of the crowds lining the railroad from New York to Washington DC. He joined Magnum Photos in 1974. His subjects since have ranged from the legacy of Chernobyl to the welfare system in New York. In 2004 Fusco created a series of photographs depicting the funerals of US military personnel killed in Iraq.