ICP Celebrates Robert Capa's Centenary


David Scherman, [Robert Capa, Weymouth, England], June 7, 1944. ©David Scherman

Robert Capa was born 100 years ago this month, and the International Center of Photography is honoring him with a series of events and projects in the coming year, including the discovery of the only existing recording of Capa’s voice. Recorded in 1947, Capa is being interviews on the WNBC radio program “Hi! Jinx,” which can be heard on the ICP’s website, here: www.icp.org/robert-capa-100

In the interview, Capa discusses his famous image, Death of a Loyal Militiaman. For years, the image has been the subject of debate about whether he set it up. In the interview, Capa reveals that he wasn’t even looking through the viewfinder when he took it: in the midst of heavy fire, he held the camera over his head and snapped the picture. 

ICP curator Brian Wallis unearthed the recording on eBay, where the seller was offering it as part of an estate sale, for a dollar.


Robert Capa, American troops landing on Omaha Beach, Normandy France], June 6, 1944. ©Robert Capa, Interntional Center of Photography

Opening in January is Capa in Color, with more than 100 color images he made from 1941-54, from World War II to his trip in the U.S.S.R. with John Steinbeck, to images of Picasso, Humphrey Bogart, and Ingrid Bergman, to the last images he took in Vietnam in 1954. In conjunction with the  exhibition, a public panel highlighting Capa’s career and legacy will be held in February 2014 in New York.

The Robert Capa Archive at ICP has received a $117,500 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) to continue work on cataloguing and research, and for making the archive digitally accessible through a dedicated website. This site will allow scholars and students to search and navigate through more than 10,000 images.