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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
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