Capa in Color

Capa in Color

by Cynthia Young
     
 

This beautiful book looks at Robert Capa's color photography, a little-known but important aspect of the great photographer's work, and includes many never-before-published images. Famed photojournalist and founder of Magnum Photos, Robert Capa was primarily known for his black-and-white images. But after World War II he turned increasingly to color, fulfilling

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This beautiful book looks at Robert Capa's color photography, a little-known but important aspect of the great photographer's work, and includes many never-before-published images. Famed photojournalist and founder of Magnum Photos, Robert Capa was primarily known for his black-and-white images. But after World War II he turned increasingly to color, fulfilling assignments for a variety of popular magazines such as Life and Holiday. This volume reproduces Capa's color images in a wide variety of forms including prints, magazine spreads, book jackets, and other ephemera, revealing the photographer at a point in his career when his role as director of Magnum required that he keep up with current technology—both as a business decision and a way of capturing new assignments. This book also features a contextualizing essay by International Center of Photography curator Cynthia Young, travel writings by Capa and assignment collaborators John Steinbeck and Irwin Shaw, and brief essays providing background on various pieces of reportage.

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"This absolutely gorgeous and bold book takes an intense look at Robert Capa's color photography."

Juxtapoz

"If you are a fan of Capa's work, you'll certainly enjoy Capa in Color."

Photo Life Magazine

Library Journal
10/3/2014
Photographer Robert Capa (1913—54) is best known for his gritty, black-and-white pictures created as a war correspondent in the 1940s to 1950s. This title's unfamiliar dimension to his work in its subject and tone includes portraits of Hemingway on a family vacation in Sun Valley, ID, a Paris model being fitted at the Dior salon, and a postwar Russian woman at work in the fields. All are reproduced in rich, vibrant colors painstakingly restored by the International Center of Photography. Motivated to a great extent by financial constraints, Capa strove to keep the Magnum agency alive in 1947 with these submissions to popular magazines like Holiday, Saturday Evening Post, and Ladies Home Journal. This large-format volume replicates many original magazine spreads; the overall layout of text and image evokes the magazine pictorials. Curator Young's introduction outlines the technical challenges of bringing the important color archives to life.
Verdict Readers interested in photography will gain insight into not only Capa's work but also into a critical period in media history as color encroached on black and white and television began to compete with print.—Nancy B. Turner, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
(c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791353500
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
02/26/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,366,789
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.20(d)

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