Farewell, ICP Founder Cornell Capa

(Petr Tausk).jpgPhotographer Cornell Capa, founding director of the International Center for Photography and brother of fellow Magnum photographer Robert Capa, passed away yesterday at the age of 90. “The world has lost a great photographer and a great humanitarian,” said ICP director Willis E. Hartshorn in a press release. “The world of photography has lost its greatest friend and champion.”

Capa coined the term “concerned photographer,” and his work was largely concerned with issues of social justice and politics. The obituary that will appear in tomorrow’s New York Times quotes from the 1992 book Cornell Capa: Photographs. “I am not an artist, and I never intended to be one,” Capa wrote. “I hope I have made some good photographs, but what I really hope is that I have done some good photo stories with memorable images that make a point, and, perhaps, even make a difference.”