Robert Capa would have turned a hundred this year.
Born in Hungary as Endre Ernő Friedmann, he later moved to Berlin before leaving for the USA shortly after - him being a Jew and a communist in emerging national-socialist Germany.
His black & white pictures have gained worldwide diffusion and, together with those by Cartier-Bresson, they’ve come to identify the Magnum “brand” tout court - for the mass audience, at least. His centenary will be celebrated all over the world with a series of events.
The exhibition Capa in Color, which opens next 31st January at New York’s ICP, marks the first ever collection of his photographs in colour - taken between the 1940s and his death in Indochina, in 1954. The emerging use of colour in illustrated magazines led him to flank black & white with Kodachrome films, often in medium format.
Subsequently, Capa will use colour to depict the Soviet Union, the rising state of Israel, Hungary, the mundane élite in Rome and Paris, celebrities of the era and many of his actor friends.
This exhibition gives us back the pictures of one of the greatest photographers of all times. It captures Capa during the transition of the media industry to colour, in a world that had just overcome war and was in search of a new type of sensibility.
Capa in Color, until May 4, 2014.
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