Cornell Capa received his baccalaureate in 1936 from Madach Imre Gymnasium in Budapest.
Cornell Capa moved, aged 18, to Paris to work with his elder brother Robert Capa, a photo-journalist. In 1937, Cornell Capa moved to New York City to work in the Life magazine darkroom. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Capa became a Life staff photographer in 1946. The many covers that Capa shot for the magazine included portraits of television personality Jack Paar, painter Grandma Moses, and Clark Gable.
In 1953 Cornell Capa visited Venezuela to make a photo-report of Caracas, on this trip he had the opportunity to photograph the artist Armando Reverón.
In May 1954, his brother Robert Capa was killed by a landmine, while covering the final years of the First Indochina War. Cornell Capa joined Magnum Photos, the photo agency co-founded by Robert, the same year. For Magnum, Cornell Capa covered the Soviet Union, Israeli Six-Day War, and American politicians.
Beginning in 1967, Cornell Capa mounted a series of exhibits and books entitled The Concerned Photographer. The exhibits led to his establishment in 1974 of the International Center of Photography in New York City. Capa served for many years as the director of the Center. He has published several collections of his photographs including JFK for President, a series of photographs of the 1960 presidential campaign that he took for Life magazine. Cornell Capa also produced a book documenting the first 100 days of the Kennedy presidency, with fellow Magnum photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt.
Cornell Capa died in New York City on May 23, 2008, of natural causes at the age of 90.
Some of the one thousand political dissidents who were arrested after the assassination of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. Managua, Nicaragua.1956
(One of the great dancers of Lindy Hop in the Kat's Corner...)1939
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during the Queen's visit to the United States. New York City, USA
(Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during the Queen's vis...)1957
American evangelist Billy Graham delivers a sermon at Madison Square Garden. New York City, USA1957
(Early morning cold baths.)1951
Savoy Ballroom. Harlem, New York City , USA1939
Babe Ruth. New York City, USA1948
The funeral of William "Bojangles" Robinson. New York, USA1948
A contestant at an archery match in the Forest of Arden. Warwickshire, England1950
Parade drill for the elite Queen's Guard. London , England1952
Alec Guiness studying his lines. London, England1952
Adlai Stevenson supporters. Libertyville, Illinois , USA1950
Political prisoner. Paraguay1955
Hebrew lesson. Brooklyn, New York City, USA1955
Supporters of Adlai Stevenson. USA1956
Adlai Stevenson supporters. USA1950
The 69th Tactical Missile Squadron. Near Hahn, West Germany
Three young men leaning on a counter in a garage. USA1958
Russian Orthodox monks. Zagorsk, USSR1958
The Bolshoi Ballet School. Moscow, Russia1958