“THEY SPEAK WHOLE SENTENCES, AND INDEED WHOLE VOLUMES”
CAPA, Cornell. Cornell Capa: Photographer. (Santa Monica, California): Peter Fetterman Gallery, (2002). Square quarto, original blue cloth, mounted cover photographic print. $450.
First trade edition of this retrospective tribute to Cornell Capa, with 27 finely screened photographic plates of his finest work, including images of the Kennedy family and Marilyn Monroe.
Like his brother Robert, Cornell Capa “has become a legendary figure in American photography,” continuing a tradition of using “cameras as instruments of social change” (McDarrah, 77). Capa was the signal founder of New York’s International Center of Photography, which grew from a 1976 exhibit he organized “as a memorial to Robert Capa, Werner Bischof and David ‘Chim’ Seymour, three key members from Magnum Photo’s early days” (Parr & Badger II:235-6). This impressive collection includes some of “Capa’s most memorable images. In one students at the school of the Bolshoi Ballet line up at the barre.” Another, revealing “his eye for the compelling details,” movingly records the funeral of Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson” (New York Times). Introduction by Richard Whelan. Published same year as signed limited edition, no priority established. Issued without dust jacket.
A fine copy.