Cornell Capa Centennial


Eileen Darby, [Robert Capa, Julia Capa and Cornell Capa, New York], New York, 1940 (2010.96.5)


Eileen Darby, [Robert Capa, Julia Capa and Cornell Capa, New York], New York, 1940


Unidentified Photographer, [Cornell and Edith Capa], ca. 1940


Annie Leibovitz, [Cornell and Edith Capa], ca. 1983


Alison E. Wachstein, Cornell Capa, with his wife, Edith, and their poodle, Yofi, New York, 1983

Photographs of photographer and ICP founder Cornell Capa and family to commemorate the centennial of his birth on April 10, 1918.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago


Paul Schutzer, [Martin Luther King Jr. addressing Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.], May 17, 1957 (1808.2005)

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, his speech “I Have a Dream” continues to powerfully resonate:

[…] Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.

They have come to realize that their freedom inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.  We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied!” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.

[…]

I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. […]

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream… I have a dream that one day in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.


Francis Miller, [Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech to the crowd assembled in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.], August 28, 1963 (1013.2005)

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Mark Hellinger and dog by Mary Morris


Mary Morris, [Mark Hellinger and dog], 1946

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“After Death – What?” – Easter by Weegee


Weegee, [Clothing salesman, Easter Sunday, Harlem, New York], ca. 1941 (2358.1993)


Weegee, “Easter Sunday in Harlem,” April 26, 1943 (2077.1993)

“Easter Sunday in Harlem. Easter paraders in Harlem made a fine showing with new suits and dresses. These girls were photographed as they left the Abyssinian Baptist Church. All Harlem churches were packed with worshippers.” PM, April 26, 1943, p. 14


Weegee, [Easter Sunday in Harlem], ca. 1943 (14626.1993)


Weegee, [“After Death – What? Revival Meeting,” Easter Sunday morning in Harlem], ca. 1943 (14624.1993)

Photo was made in front of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 201 Malcolm X Blvd.

Mount Olivet has a long and illustrious history. Organized in 1878, in our 133 years of existence we have had only seven pastors and each one served faithfully. Mount Olivet became a prominent and dominant actor in New York City history; within its cherished walls many of the great issues which impacted the quality of African American life were decided.

The history of the struggle for racial justice and social reform in New York City cannot be written or fully understood without knowledge of this church. It was blessed with men and women who emerged as prominent leaders in every notable endeavor. mountolivetbaptistchurch.org


Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 198-199

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Easter


Wm. J. S. Bradway, Baptismal Service at Canton Baptist Church, Easter, Hancock’s Bridge, New Jersey, 1908 (2010.5.10)


Russell Lee, [Boys on Easter morning, Chicago], April 1941 (109.2003)


Russell Lee (1903-1986), Part of the Easter Parade on the South Side, Chicago, April 1941 (99.2003)

[Russell] Lee and [Edwin] Rosskam created a rare and vibrant record of Easter observances among affluent and middle class churchgoers. At distinctly fashionable St. Edmund’s Episcopal, they worked in the street with small cameras before and during the processional “Blessing of the Bounds” ceremony. Such sophisticated, socially prominent church members were staples of the black press, but their resemblance to white “Society” never attracted the attention that white documentarians and photojournalists have paid to the demonstrative nature of fundamentalist worship. (99.2003)


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Easter Sunday in Harlem, New York, from The Decisive Moment, p. 42, 1947

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Louise Lawler


Louise Lawler, [Installation at Artists Space, New York], 1978 (2008.117.14)


Louise Lawler, [Installation at Artists Space, New York], 1978 (2008.117.13)


Louise Lawler, [Installation at Artists Space, New York], 1978 (2008.117.12)

Louise Lawler at ICP, May 14th, 1986.

For more about the exhibition, “_______, Louise Lawler, Adrian Piper & Cindy Sherman Have Agreed to Participate in an Exhibition Organized by Janelle Reiring at Artists Space, September 23 through October 28, 1978,” at Artists Space, please see: “ _______, Louise Lawler, Adrian Piper & Cindy Sherman Have Agreed to Participate in an Exhibition Organized by Janelle Reiring at Artists Space, September 23 through October 28, 1978.

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Barbara Kruger


Barbara Kruger, Your Body is a Battleground, 1989 (108.2001)


Barbara Kruger, Your Body is a Battleground, 1990 (4.2001)


Barbara Kruger, The Indomitable Spirit, 1990 (139.2000)

Barbara Kruger at ICP, May 2, 1986.

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