- 22 Jun 2015 9:06 AM
Besides devoting itself to taking care of the legacy of Robert Capa for over 40 years, the internationally renowned institution, founded by the photographer’s brother Cornell Capa in 1974, has exhibited the pictures of more than 3000 photographers in over seven hundred exhibitions.
Robert Capa is one of the world’s most recognized war photojournalists, famous for his poignant and powerful images in black and white from the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Only a few people knew that from 1947 until his death in 1954 he almost always carried at least two cameras, one of them with black and white film and the other with color. All of his post-war stories were shot in both black and white and color.
He used the color film for recording, for example, Pablo Picasso on holiday, Ernest Hemingway and his son Gregory on their hunting trip in Idaho, or actress Ingrid Bergman with actor George Sanders during the shooting of the movie Journey to Italy by Roberto Rossellini.
His color images of glamorous ski resorts of Switzerland and France are imbued with the airy and joyful zest for life following the war; his photo story from the horse racetrack of Deauville magnificently reflects the blending of social classes; and his images from Biarritz – of the beaches and the nightlife – show the world the colorful swirl of traditional folk culture.
There are over a hundred color prints, related magazines and accompanying letters by the world-renowned photographer in Capa in Color–the majority seen for the first time in Europe, right here in Budapest’s Capa Center.
The curator of the exhibition: Cynthia Young, curator at the ICP (Robert Capa Archive)
Capa in Color is organized by the International Center of Photography and is made possible by the ICP Exhibitions Committee and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Somewhere in France
Besides Capa in Color, visitors can also see images of Robert Capa's friend and editor John G. Morris. Somewhere in France – The Summer of '44 shows us Normandy in the summer of 1944, following the landings on D-Day.
The then 27-year-old Morris made up his mind to follow Capa in documenting the historical events himself, even though he was working as picture editor in the London office of Life magazine. Unlike Capa, Morris took his pictures for himself, not as a professional and they were not published until 2014, when Robert Pledge, director of the prestigious photo agency Contact Press Images compiled and edited a book of these photographs.
Thanks to the cooperation of the 98-year-old Morris and Pledge, who also represents world-renowned photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Don McCullin, and Sebastião Salgado, the audience can see images in the Capa Center that had been hiding in a drawer for seventy years.
The exhibitions will be on display in the Capa Center until September 20, and are open to visitors every day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Venue. Robert Capa Center
Address: 1065, Budapest, Nagymező utca 8.
Tel: (+36) 1 413 1310