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Capa, Cornell

Xiao Situ

in Oxford Art Online


Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T2088384

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(b Budapest, Hungary, April 10, 1918; d New York City, May 23, 2008).

Hungarian-born American photographer. Brother of the photographer Robert Capa. Born Cornel Friedmann in Budapest in 1918, Capa moved to New York in 1937 and became an American citizen in 1944, officially changing his name to Cornell Capa. He practiced and advocated a form of humanitarian documentary photojournalism that aimed to deepen people’s awareness and concern about the social, economic and political issues that confronted individuals and groups of people around the world.

He worked as a staff photographer for Life magazine from 1946 to 1954, covering social and political conditions and events in the United States, England and Latin America. Some of his most notable contributions to the magazine during this period include his photo essays on Judaism and Israel, the education of mentally disabled children in northeastern United States and the 1952 presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson.

After Capa’s older brother, the American war photographer Robert Capa, was killed in ...

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