October 22nd 2013 marked the 100th birthday of Robert Capa, the daring photojournalist whose courage and charisma raised him to an almost mythical status. In his lifetime Capa covered five world wars, befriended Pablo Picasso and founded Magnum Photos with fellow pioneers Henri Cartier-Bresson, David “Chim” Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert.
Capa, 0ne of the 20th century’s greatest photojournalists, is renowned for his stark images of human conflict. The Hungarian photographer is best known for the black-and-white images he took during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, among others. The photographs in this exhibition at ICP are among thousands of largely unseen colour images taken by Capa from 1938, when he was covering China’s war with Japan, until 1954, when he was killed at the age of 40 by a landmine while covering the conflict in Vietnam.
International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Ave. (6 Av/43 St) Manhattan, NY January 31 – May 4, 2014
In 1950, he covered fashionable ski resorts in the Swiss, Austrian, and French Alps. Below we have selected a small taste from a rather unknown side of the Master. Enjoy!
By: Tina Holth