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Cornell Capa
     

Cornell Capa

by Cornell Capa, Richard Whelan, Peter Fetterman, Richard Whelan, Peter Fetterman (Editor)
 

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Cornell Capa the photographer has long been overshadowed by Cornell Capa the founder and director of the International Center of Photography, New York, and by Cornell Capa the brother of Robert Capa. This beautiful cloth-bound book, filled with 27 of his most intelligent, compassionate, formally striking images, promises to bring the photographer his due. He once

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Cornell Capa the photographer has long been overshadowed by Cornell Capa the founder and director of the International Center of Photography, New York, and by Cornell Capa the brother of Robert Capa. This beautiful cloth-bound book, filled with 27 of his most intelligent, compassionate, formally striking images, promises to bring the photographer his due. He once told "Camera" magazine, "Single photographs are not what I do best. My most effective work is groups of photographs which hang together and tell stories." Nevertheless, the pictures included here sum up and transcend those stories. Imbued with the very essence of the specific situations or person that they portray, yet simultaneously resonant with universal human experience, they mark Cornell Capa as what he called a "concerned photographer," one who is passionately dedicated to doing work that will contribute to the understanding and well being of humanity. Foreword by Peter Fetterman. Introduction by Richard Whelan.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Overshadowed by the renowned war photography of his brother, Robert Capa (who was killed in Vietnam), and by his own pioneering work as director of the International Center for Photography, where he helped foster respect for photography as an art form, Cornell Capa's professional camera work has gone largely unrecognized. This volume collects 150 of his best photographs, taken on assignment for Life and other magazines between 1946 and 1974, when he founded ICP. In his introduction, Whelan ( Drawing the Line: The Korean War 1950-53 ) depicts Capa as a ``concerned photographer'' whose work tried to influence the world for the better. To a remarkable degree and in unusual ways, with nothing manipulated but the camera, each of Capa's subjects appears immersed in his or her environment and its significance: penury in Salvador, civility at the Glydebourne opera and excitement during an American political campaign all resonate in striking images. Capa's accompanying memoirs are at times wry and lighthearted, often erudite and always compassionate. (Oct.)
Gretchen Garner
Cornell Capa has been best known as star photojournalist Robert Capa's younger brother, and he further obscured his reputation when, upon founding the International Center of Photography in 1974, he virtually quit photography. During 1946-74, however, he produced a large body of photojournalism, distinguished by his trademark warmth, that recorded many of the era's great themes and movements. The first part of this excellent selection consists mainly of single feature shots made no later than 1949. After 1950, he produced many series of related images, and these make up the rest of the book. Their themes include life in Britain, American politics (particularly the career of Adlai Stevenson), life in the Soviet Union, Judaism and Israel, the mentally retarded, missionaries in Latin America, and Latin American politics. Cornell set out to be not a war photographer, like Robert, but a "peace photographer," and he became the champion of other "concerned photographers"--a phrase he used for a show he curated in 1967. This book, which firmly establishes him as an important witness of his times, is recommended for all art, photography, and journalism collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971276505
Publisher:
Fetterman, Peter Gallery
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.49(d)

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