From the LIFE archives, another side of famed photographer Bill Eppridge. After covering some of the heaviest moments in the nation's recent history Eppridge was due for a change of pace.  He headed West.

"Spending months out there in those vast spaces, photographing mustangs and the people who live and work there, among the horses - that saved me.... Bobby Kennedy's death shook me to the core.  Getting out there with [writer] Jackson, traveling that old landscape in a four-wheel-drive pickup truck, helped to heal me, in a way, and got me back to the world."

Couldn't agree more.

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