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Cornell Capa’s photographs are iconic for their intelligence and compassion. Before founding New York City’s International Center of Photography, Capa’s greatest photographic subjects were politics and social issues. In 1964 he trailed Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign for the Senate. Four years previously he had covered JFK’s successful presidential run. The Kennedy name evokes above all the memory of tragedy and the memory of a quest for achievement. Pictured here, at a rally in Elmira, New York.

I hope I have made some good photographs, but what I really hope is that I have done some good photo stories with memorable images that make a point, and, perhaps, even make a difference

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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