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Current Exhibition: A Closer Look

  • <em>Saturday Evening Post</em>, August 9, 1941
    Saturday Evening Post, August 9, 1941
  • <em>Collier's</em>, July 17, 2943
    Collier's, July 17, 2943
  • <em>Ladies' Home Journal</em>, February 1948
    Ladies' Home Journal, February 1948
  • <em>Ladies' Home Journal</em>, February 1948
    Ladies' Home Journal, February 1948
  • <em>Ladies' Home Journal</em>, February 1948
    Ladies' Home Journal, February 1948
  • <em>Illustrated</em>, May 1, 1948
    Illustrated, May 1, 1948
  • <em>Holiday</em>, November 1949
    Holiday, November 1949
  • <em>Holiday</em>< April 1950
    Holiday< April 1950
  • <em>Holiday</em>, September 1953
    Holiday, September 1953
  • <em>Holiday</em>, April 1953
    Holiday, April 1953
  • <em>Holiday</em>, September 1952
    Holiday, September 1952
  • <em>Collier's</em>, July 23, 1954
    Collier's, July 23, 1954
  • <em>Time</em>, June 7, 1954
    Time, June 7, 1954

Capa in Color

JANUARY 31–MAY 4, 2014

Robert Capa's Color Work in Magazines

In 1941, Capa organized his first assignment with color film for a story about crossing the Atlantic from New York on a convoy. The story was for The Saturday Evening Post, but once in London, he was also able to sell his images to the English Illustrated, because the markets were not competitive. The magazines published few of Capa’s color images from World War II, but he persisted in using color film. After World War II, Capa sought out new relationships with magazines and Holiday became one of his most important supporters. A glamorous travel magazine, Holiday was launched in 1946 by the Philadelphia-based Curtis Publishing Company, which also carried The Saturday Evening Post and Ladies’ Home Journal. Born in full color, it was a peacetime publication catering to an ideal of American postwar prosperity. Holiday covered American cities, but immediately assigned stories on stylish international hot spots, places readers could dream of visiting with the advent in 1947 of nonstop transatlantic flights. Capa’s major travel stories after 1948 for Holiday were Budapest, Israel, skiing in the Alps, Norway, Deauville and Biarritz, Rome and Paris. During that time he also sold color pictures to Paris Match, Collier’s, Ladies’ Home Journal, Life, Look, and This Week. While the color images from Indochina, where he died, are some of the strongest war pictures he made, none were used in the press at the time, in part because of the extra time required to process the color film.

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