In celebration of Robert Capa’s 100th birth anniversary, the International Center of Photography shared a very rare recording of an interview with Capa, letting us listen to his voice for the first time. Find out more and listen to the interview after the jump!
A few days ago, the world began celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary war photographer Robert Capa. Magnum, the prestigious photo agency co-founded by Capa in 1947, launched Get Closer on October 22nd. Meanwhile, for its own observance of the occasion, the International Center of Photography (ICP) shared a long-lost recording of Capa’s only known radio interview. It was aired on October 20, 1947 on a morning radio show called “Hi! Jinx.”
The interview was part of the promotion for Capa’s then newly-published autobiography, Slightly Out of Focus, which detailed his adventures during World War II. Aside from this, Capa also talked about one of his most famous photographs: Falling Soldier, which was taken in Andalusia, Spain in 1936, and came under fire for being staged. Therefore, the interview is the only known recording to describe the circumstances surrounding the taking of the iconic photograph.
By some fortunate series of events, an eBay seller from Western Massachusetts stumbled upon a copy of the recording at an estate sale some years ago. The seller set up a bidding of only 99 cents for the recording, and luckily, it caught the attention of ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis, who has an eBay alert for “Robert Capa.”
Listen to the interview below: