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In the news – Capa in Color

The New York Times
“The exhibit containing 136 color photographs, as well as film and sound recordings of Capa, runs until Sep. 20 and was first shown last year in New York, at the International Center of Photography founded by Cornell Capa, Robert’s late brother.”

“Rarely seen color photographs by Robert Capa, the legendary Hungarian photographer best known for his battlefield pictures from the Spanish Civil War and D-Day, are being shown for the first time in Europe at the Budapest institution which bears his name.”

“This allows a very good comparison and how he approaches color photography in a totally different manner,” said Istvan Viragvolgyi, deputy director of the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center. “He turns his camera in other directions, looking for themes where color really adds a lot to it.”

The Times of Israel
“Consisting mostly of photos taken in peacetime, it includes pictures for a 1947 magazine feature about the Soviet Union written by John Steinbeck; Hollywood stars like Humphrey Bogart, Orson Wells and Ingrid Bergman on location; a series on post-World War II youth called Generation X, a term often attributed to Capa; Israel soon after its 1948 creation; and playful images of Pablo Picasso rejected by a magazine in favor of similar pictures in black and white.”

abc News
“He is one of the most humanist photographers who worked on the battlefields…”

“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.”

Legendary Budapest
“Robert Capa is one of the world’s most recognized war photojournalists. 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 images from the beaches and the nightlife of Biarritz show the world the colorful swirl of traditional folk culture. There are over a hundred color prints, related magazines and accompanying letters are seen for the first time in Europe, right here in Budapest’s Capa Center.”

“An American sailor with dirty fingernails pensively puffs his cigarette at sea aboard a World War II transport ship; in Paris during the early 1950s, locals relax at a charming café’s sidewalk tables; Budapest residents swim at Gellért Bath as Soviet Union symbols begin enveloping daily life in Hungary. Such scenes of war and peace intermingle in brilliant hues for the new “Capa in Color” exhibit of rarely seen images from around the world by Hungary’s most renowned photojournalist – Robert Capa”

Diplomacy and Trade
“This summer on Nagymező utca, Budapest’s Capa Center presents a selection of photographs by Robert Capa, who is one of the world’s most recognized war photojournalists, famous for his poignant and powerful images of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Although he is often referred to as one of the greatest masters of black-and-white photography, the Hungarian-born Capa regularly shot in color, too. These photos have never been exhibited in Europe – until now.”