BOBBY FOR PRESIDENT, Robert F. Kennedy, Clyde Keller 1968 Photo


Robert F. Kennedy Photo Collection

Bobby Kennedy, Near Astoria, Oregon
May 24, 1968

16x20 Inch Archival Giclee Print, true archival print, 150+ years
Satin Paper, Pigmented Inks
Image Dimensions @ 12x18 Inches with white border
Signed/Titled and Dated by Clyde Keller
Presented in Archival Sleeve, Unframed
Shipped Flat, Insured with Tracking
PRICE: $280.00


11x14 or 12x18 inch Fuji Crystal Archive photographic print(s)
Lustre Paper, fade resistant for over 20 years
Image dimensions @9x13.5 or 11x16.5 inches with white border
Signed/Titled and dated by Clyde Keller
Presented in archival sleeve, Unframed
Shipped Flat, Insured with Tracking
PRICE: $155.00 and $195.00

NOTE: The printed copyright information appearing on the web display print, is removed for your purchase print.

Now Included in the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Photo Collection of 33 original images made by Clyde Keller.

On May 24, 1968-- Robert Kennedy visited Astoria, Oregon and points south along the Oregon Coastline. In this documentary photo a youth rally is in progress to endorse Senator Robert Kennedy to be the Democratic U.S. Presidential Candidate. Robert Kennedy's vision for nuclear disarmament, world peace and for the ending of the Vietnam War were projected to audiences world wide throughout these last few weeks before his assassination.

The camera I used for all of the Kennedy photographs was an original Nikon F with Nikkor Lenses. The photograph was taken with a 28mm Nikkor, a personal favorite for fast available light photography. Exposures were made on Kodak Ektachrome film. The original transparencies and negatives from my Kennedy Collection have been kept in dark storage and are in pristine condition for their vintage.

I used an advanced motorized Nikon F with a 28mm Nikkor lens, a personal favorite for pictorial or photojournalism photography. The wide angle perspective lends an intimacy of being there with the group of young supporters. Kodak Ektachrome film was used for this expressive study.

The following quote from Paul Lee, RFK Historian-- in his letter to Robert Rynerson, July 13, 2015.

"Dear Robert,

Yet again, you've proved yourself to be a veritable font of helpful information regarding your beloved home state of Oregon.

I found evidence to support your guess that the young "black" people who flocked around Bobby Kennedy during his visit to Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria on May 24, 1968, were from the Job Corps center at the former Tongue Point Naval Station (in Clatsop County).

For whatever reason/s, I've found only one photographer who memorialized the presence of these "black" youngsters -- namely, our friend Clyde Keller. None of those by Life magazine's famed Bill Eppridge, God rest his soul, show them, at not any of those that have been published. Similarly, the only television footage that I've seen of them is the NBC News video that I sent to Peter Goldman.

At any rate, please find attached, from Clyde's wonderful Web site, three of his color photos of the "black" youngsters. The first two were shot at the beach and the last one seems to have been shot at the Astoria airport. I'm copying this to Clyde for his reference.

Note in the last photo the young brother in the right foreground, wearing the plastic Kennedy boater on his head and a red, white and blue Kennedy campaign button under his left lapel. Like the other brothers seen behind him, he's clad in a blue blazer.

Fortunately, this photo shows his breast pocket, which displays the distinctive logo of the Job Corps -- that is, a ladder with an upward-pointing arrow over it. One more reason to be grateful for Clyde's brilliant work during that campaign.

I'm also grateful for your comments on how some Oregonians, including your mother, negatively reaction to Kennedy's impulsive plunge into the Pacific.

Thanx, too, for the fascinating background and documentation on former governor Bob Straub, who I knew nothing about. As always, I deeply appreciate your kind assistance to my modest efforts.

I have the honor to remain

Grate-full-Lee yours,


"Bobby for President" Copyright © 2006 Clyde Keller


Hi, I'm a photographer and artist selling my fine art prints at this website as well as

My work is sold as Fine Art Giclee (inkjet) prints or fade resistant Fuji Crystal Archive (photographic) prints.

Clyde is known internationally for his historic photographs of Robert F. Kennedy. His RFK images are featured in Rory Kennedy's documentary film, "ETHEL" which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights has recently acquired key images from Clyde's RFK portfolios for their collection. Historic photos of author Ken Kesey, William Burroughs and actor Bill Murray are featured in Mark Christensen's book Acid Christ. Clyde's portrait of actor/director Warren Beatty is the cover photo for Peter Biskind's, Star. Several vintage documentary images appear in a new NFL films project, entitled, "Fearsome Foursome" as well as Dan Forrer's upcoming HBO documentary film centering on the birth of Hip Hop music. The Seattle Museum of History and Science now features his vintage Seattle skyline panoramas. His regional portraits of surviving pioneer families (and characters) appear in several new books, periodicals and webzines, including Ken Bilderback's, Creek with No Name, a new soft cover about the history of Cherry Grove, Oregon.

Clyde is the grandson of Clyde Leon Keller, (1872-1962) an important Oregon-based Plein-Air Impressionist Painter. His portfolios can be viewed at

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