CAPA. The Definitive Collection.


Author: Whelan~Richard
Publisher: PHAIDON Press Limited, Londen
Year: 2001
Artist: CAPA~Robert(Endre Friedmann)~Robert
ISBN: 0-7148-4067-x
Hardback, 250 x 250 mm, 572 pp, 937 duotone photographs, 24 biographical photographs
This is the first book to reproduce the definitive set of 937 rarely seen and classic images of Robert Capa, one of the most influential documentary photographers of the twentieth century.

Robert Capa (1913-54), one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century and a founding member of Magnum photographic agency, had the mind of a passionate and committed journalist and the eye of an artist. His lifework, consisting of more than 70,000 negative frames, constitutes an unparalleled documentation of a crucial 22-year period (1932-54) encompassing some of the most catastrophic and dramatic events of the last century. This book represents the most definitive selection of Capa's work ever published, 937 photographs meticulously selected by his brother, Cornell Capa (himself a noted Life photographer), and his biographer, Richard Whelan.

The photographs, arranged in chronological order as stories and accompanied by brief commentaries, reveal the dramatic shifts in location and subject matter that Capa experienced from day to day--- from war-torn Israel to Pablo Picasso on a sunny beach in France and from Ernest Hemingway carousing in London to Capa's historic images of the Allied landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy in 1944.

"Robert Capa did not set out to become a war photographer," writes Richard Whelan in his introduction, "but circumstances long every step of the way." Whelan's short essay explains the historical circumstances but the photographs themselves reveal the deeper truth, their visual power and emotional intensity testimony to the grace and daring Capa brought to his work. Capa photographed many subjects in his career but it's the images of war, from Republican Spain to Vietnam, that define him. The photographs here, 937 out of 70,000 taken by Capa in his lifetime, constitute a humane, confronting, occasionally humorous record of some of the darkest moments of a war-scarred century. The quality of the plates, their striking layout and concise annotations do justice to the book's ambitious title.


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