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Legendary photographer and founder of the International Center of Photography, Cornell Capa, is known for his intelligent, compassionate, formally striking images. Born in Budapest, Capa moved to Paris in 1936, 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 and later Life, pursuing a distinguished career in photojournalism. His great interests were politics and social justice. Pictured here, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during a visit to the United States, 1957.

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
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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.

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