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During a long and distinguished career as a photographer, Cornell Capa spent two decades covering social justice and politics for Life Magazine until 1967, exploring these themes across the U.S and beyond. Capa joined Magnum, which his brother Robert Capa founded, in 1954. He travelled to the Soviet Union in 1958, creating a series of photographs that provide a snapshot of life in Soviet Russia, ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy to Russian Orthodox monks.

One thing that Life and I agreed right from the start was that one war photographer was enough for my family; I was to be a photographer of peace

Cornell Capa
© Cornell Capa | Magnum Photos

Cornell Capa was born Cornell Friedmann to a Jewish family in Budapest. In 1936, he moved to Paris, where his brother Andre (Robert Capa) was working as a photojournalist. Capa worked as his brother’s printer until 1937, then moved to New York to join the new Pix photo agency. In 1938, he began working in the Life darkroom. Soon his first photo-story on the New York World’s Fair was published in Picture Post.

Over the course of his long career, he explored subjects as varied as old age in America, Judaism, the electoral campaigns of John and Robert Kennedy, ruthless Wall Street bankers and the destruction of indigenous Amazon cultures.

In 1974, Capa founded New York City’s influential International Center of Photography, to which he dedicated his considerable energy as its director. He joined Magnum in 1954, following the death of his brother.

© Cornell Capa | Magnum Photos

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