Capa at 100

Today, on the centenary of the birth of Robert Capa, the International Center of Photography released a recently rediscovered recording of his only known radio interview: “Bob Capa Tells of Photographic Experiences Abroad”, broadcast on October 20, 1947. The interview was made in connection with press for his memoir Slightly Out of Focus. In the interview Capa discusses his recent trip to the USSR with writer John Steinbeck, and most importantly discusses his famous Falling Soldier image, subject of so much debate in recent years. Enjoy hearing Capa’s voice for the first time and the full interview here.

Mandela to McCartney: Exploring the photographs of Michael Peto

Today the National Portrait Gallery announced news of the first museum display of portraits by photojournalist Michael Peto. Michael Peto Photographs: Mandela to McCartney will be held at the Gallery from 17 September 2013.

I have been quietly working on the project for many months alongside curator Terence Pepper and colleagues at the University of Dundee, researching the largely unexplored Peto Collection of some 130,000 negatives and prints, donated to the University by the photographers family, following his death in 1970.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton by Michael Peto, 1963 © University of Dundee The Peto Collection

The ten photographs by Michael Peto (1908-1970) taken in London during the 1950s and 1960s to go on display will include the photograph shown above of Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton during the recording of the acclaimed BBC radio production of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood in October 1963.

Celebrated subjects in the display will also include Samuel Beckett photographed in his Paris apartment in 1961, Nelson Mandela photographed during his brief visit to London in June 1962, Jennie Lee photographed near the Houses of Parliament in 1965, and Paul McCartney with The Beatles during the making of the Richard Lester directed film Help! (1965).

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Remembering Wayne Miller (1918-2013)

Magnum photographer Wayne Miller, known especially for his war photography and social documentary work died last week at the age of ninety-four. He began his photographic career during World War II, as a member of Edward Steichen’s elite naval combat photographic unit, and became one of the first photographers to document the aftermath of Hiroshima. After the war, he received the Guggenheim fellowship for photography in 1946 and 1948. His subsequent career defining body of work exploring the lives of African-American families who had migrated from the South to Chicago can be viewed via the Magnum Archive online. Miller later collaborated with Steichen again as an associate curator on Steichen’s landmark exhibition The Family of Man (1955). From 1953, Miller was a regular contributor to LIFE magazine, and became a member of Magnum Photos in 1958, later serving as the agency’s president from 1962 to 1966. The following short film by Theo Rigby provides an overview of Miller’s life and work; and you can read more via The New York Times.

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The World is Young from Theo Rigby on Vimeo.