Toward the Margin of Life.
From Primitive Man to Population Crisis - Photographs and words by Cornell Capa.
Directed by Cornell Capa.
International Center of Photography,
Born in Budapest in 1918, Cornell Capa came to New York City in 1937. He became a staff photographer at LIFE magazine in 1946, and in 1954 joined the influential Magnum agency, which was founded by his brother, photojournalist Robert Capa. In 1966, Cornell Capa formed the International Fund for Concerned Photography in honor of his brother and other photojournalists who had lost their lives on assignment. The Fund for Concerned Photography led to the founding of the International Center of Photography in 1974 in New York City. Cornell served as director for twenty years, before becoming Founding Director Emeritus in 1994.
Made in 1973 as part of a series which he organized, the audiovisual presentation provides a candid glimpse into Cornell’s world of concerned photography. During an interview about this presentation, he said, “One strives to be an observing and participating photographer who can be objective and subjective at the same time. You must be objective to the degree that truth matters. You must be subjective because it’s your thoughts, your view, it’s what you feel that you want to translate into images. So to do these things is what photography is all about.”