As news of the tragedy that had befallen Pant Glas Junior School in South Wales on the morning of 21 October reverberated around the world, a young American photojournalist approached the New York offices of LIFE Magazine with a moving and unique proposal: to photograph "A Town without Children". That town was Aberfan. The photographer was I.C.(Chuck) Rapoport.
Fifty years on, Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies extended an invitation to Chuck Rapoport to return to Wales and address a symposium based around the commemoration of that fateful day.
Ffoton are grateful to both Chuck and the University for the privilege and opportunity of recording his account of the aftermath of this tragic event.
Listen to our recording of Chuck's talk at the Aberfan Symposium on our YouTube Channel here
You can also listen to the Ffoton conversation with Chuck on his fascinating career as a photojournalist here >
Aberfan images © I.C. Rapoport. Used with permission of the photographer