The New York Times recently ran some photos that were taken from the train carrying Bobby Kennedy's body between Washington to New York. The photos themselves are amazing documents of a nation in mourning, people from all walks of life lining the tracks, holding signs, saluting or just watching, but they're also beautiful — saturated and blurred, creating the sensation that things are moving too fast, that something is irresistibly barreling on. The photographer, Paul Fusco, narrates a slideshow on the New York Times site, and it's well worth a viewing. He's nicely describes the experience around the photos, and provides some insight into the mechanics (Kodachrome film, of course). He also mentions that he hadn't planned on taking pictures while on the train; he was simply traveling along with the coffin to take photos at the funeral.
The first thing I saw were hundreds of people on the platform … Fortunately, I just reacted. My instinct was: There's something going on, photograph it … [The train] was a moving platform. I couldn't change my view. I couldn't change my perspective. I had to just … grab it, when I could.