Cornell Capa Read a Tribute to Cornell Capa
 
Passion defines Cornell Capa. The International Center of Photography (ICP) - the first private museum dedicated to photography - stands today in testament to his determination to gain respect for photography as an art. Arthur Rothstein introduced me to Cornell. It was the 1970s - the time when Cornell was working almost single-handedly to gain acceptance for photojournalism in museums and to educate the public to see it as art.

Full of Old World graciousness, Cornell agreed to meet with me at his home and office on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Every shelf, nook and cranny was crammed with books on photography; imposing file cabinets held the work of Cornell's brother, war photographer Robert Capa whose death had made international news more than a decade earlier. Seated with Cornell around his worktable were his wife Edie and his assistant Anna Winand; here was a team tirelessly committed to changing the world's perception of photography and already planting the seeds that would blossom in 1974 to become the International Center of Photography. I am forever grateful that Cornell invited me to attend the photographic seminars he was giving that summer at New York University. I was fortunate to see and hear photographers Ansel Adams, Bruce Davidson, Jerry Uelsmann, Yousuf Karsh and Eugene Smith discuss their work and personal visions.

"Terrific! " I can't help but hear that word pronounced with Cornell's distinctive Hungarian accent. Cornell, a gifted photographer as well as a visionary, is my friend and mentor. His well-tempered advice incorporates the use of photography as a tool for change and appreciation for the overarching issues that focus on the human spirit. In the early 1980's when I was facing a difficult time personally, Cornell challenged me to put order and structure back into my long-term photographic mission. Because of his persistent questioning I became aware of the evolving trends in my personal work.
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