Founding Director of ICP (International Center of Photography), Cornell Capa worked for Life magazine and the Magnum Photos agency. While creating individual iconic photographs, he covered social and political issues in the United States, England, the Soviet Union, Israel, and Central and South America.
Cornell Capa never regarded himself as a great photographer, but his undiminished fascination with documentary, his passion for the preservation, exhibition and publication of photographs which tell us about the world we live in, have left a legacy greater perhaps than any single photographic oeuvre. - Val Williams, Independent UK
Mr. Capa had three important incarnations in the field of photography: successful photojournalist; champion of his older brother Robert Capa’s legacy among the greatest war photographers; and founder and first director of the International Center of Photography, which, since it was established in 1974, has become one of the most influential photographic institutions for exhibition, collection, and education in the world. - Philip Gefter, NY Times
Cornell Capa (April 10, 1918 – May 23, 2008) was a Hungarian American photographer, member of Magnum Photos, photo curator, and the younger brother of photo-journalist and war photographer Robert Capa. Graduating from Imre Madách Gymnasium in Budapest, he initially intended to study medicine, but instead joined his brother in Paris to pursue photography. Cornell was an ambitious photo enthusiast who founded the International Center of Photography in New York in 1974 with help from Micha Bar-Am after a stint of working for both Life magazine and Magnum Photos.Original article
Photography is demonstrably the most contemporary of art forms; it is the most vital, effective and universal means of communication of facts and ideas between peoples and nations.
With all the arguments and discussions about the Vietnam War, what did the visual image do? It ended the war.
Isolated images are not the most representative of my work. What I do best are probably groups of interrelated pictures which tell a story. My pictures are the 'words,' which make 'sentences,' which in turn make up the story.
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.