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  • I remember holding the original film for this photograph in my hands while Ben told me about the moment he took the shot. Looking at it now, I still find it overwhelming. This photograph shows the reaction of Bernice King as she saw her father's body for the first time after his assassination. Ben recalls her exclaiming "Oh daddy..." as the shutter clicked, and told me that for a long while he'd felt predatory, as though he hadn't treated the Kings as a friend, which he had been for the year prior to the tragedy.

    I was lucky enough to intern with Ben when I was 19, and saw so many wonderful, touching, beautiful, and oftentimes incredibly emotional photos, but this one will always stand out in my mind as having the most impact on my impressionable younger self.

    Photograph by Benedict Fernandez, 1968.
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