A Legend Passes: We Mourn Cornell Capa

Posted by — 23 May 2008

Legendary photographer Cornell Capa, founder of the International Center of Photography, passed away today of natural causes at age 90.

From the NY Times article quoting Capa:

“I am not an artist, and I never intended to be one,” he wrote in the 1992 book “Cornell Capa: Photographs.” “I hope I have made some good photographs, but what I really hope is that I have done some good photo stories with memorable images that make a point, and, perhaps, even make a difference.”

Among Capa's other accomplishments: he photographed the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy as well as Kennedy's first 100 days in office. Those images became the book “Let Us Begin: The First One Hundred Days of the Kennedy Administration.” His work focused on global political and social movements and documented the emotional history of each effort. Capa is the younger brother of celebrated war photographer Robert Capa.

Photos courtesy of the NY Times and the International Center of Photography.

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