Capa in Color.


Yesterday I popped into ICP’s Capa in Color exhibit. The show presents the color photography of famed photojournalist and wartime photographer Robert Capa for the first time ever. Known predominately for his work in black and white, this is a rare chance to see 125 of his never before seen photos. He began using color film as early as the 1940s and usually had at least 2 cameras around his neck at all times. One for color, one for black and white. He would sell his stories to various magazines for lifestyle shoots, but through the years this aspect of his work has been forgotten.

capa_6x6 008“Capa’s talent with black-and-white film was extraordinary, and starting color film halfway through his career required a new discipline, but it also opened up new opportunities,” said ICP Curator Cynthia Young, who organized the exhibition. “The exhibition is also about how Capa reinvents himself as a photographer during the years when he is not covering war and political conflicts. The color work was very much a part of trying to keep the Magnum agency afloat, because the magazines wanted more and more color in the postwar period.” capa_6x6_2 005 Some of my favorites – and the most widely successful- were Capa’s photographs of ski resorts all along The Alps, as well as beach resorts like Biarritz. He also photographed both Hemingway and Picasso at home with their families. He was friends with many celebrities, and so they let him photograph on sets, and behind the scenes of their movies. The portraits are stunning, and I LOVED the exhibition. Why does the past always seem so glamorous? (Afterlooking at old photographs, I’ve decided I should wear more red lipstick, like all the time and during the day.)

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Capa in Color is on view at the International Center of Photography from January 31 through May 4, 2014. If you can’t visit in person, you can buy the catalog.

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I also loved the postcards. Have a great weekend folks!


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  1. Thanks for the link to the catalog. I just bought it!

  2. Sabrina says:

    These are fantastic, I need to go check out the exhibit.