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Capa. and Magnum Photos Changed the Role of Photographers in Modern Journalism and History. Research Proposal, Bálint Bak MA, ELTE. Introduction. Research and presentation topic – . Associating through History. ID: 129790 Download Presentation

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How Robert Capa and Magnum Photos Changed the Role of Photographers in Modern Journalism and History

Research Proposal, Bálint Bak MA, ELTE



Research and presentation topic –

Associating through History

, ISHA New Year’s Seminar 2015, Olomouc, Czech Republic


Art, Culture and Their Ways of Associating

Keywords: 20th century history, photography, artist associations, Robert Capa, Magnum Photos



Through their work and by founding Magnum Photos in 1947, Robert Capa and his friends and colleagues reclaimed the value of photographs and their status as unique works of art, managing to reserve copyrights.

Consequently, the relationship between publishers and photographers changed, contributing to the development of photojournalism and documentary photography.


Research Questions

How did


personal career influence photojournalism?

What theories are there to describe the relationship between photo and photographer, photo and viewer, publisher and correspondent?

What purpose was meant for Magnum Photos and what impact did it make?

To what extent did associating further the photographers’ agenda? What role did individual achievements play?



Utilising literature on the theories and history of photography

Analysing gallery and exhibition reviews

Using contemporary media


and photo archives




Manipulál-e a média?


Does Media Manipulate?

] In: Médiakutató, Summer 2006

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The Philosophy of Photography

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Impact Magnum Has Had On Photography

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SONTAG, Susan:

Regarding the Pain of Others

. New York, 2004


: Történelem és fotográfia


History and Photography

]. Budapest, 2009

TASNÁDI, Róbert:

Miről szólnak a képek?


What Do Pictures Tell Us?

] In: Médiakutató, Winter 2012

TŐRY, Klára:

A fényképezés nagy alkotó


Great Artists of Photography

]. revised edition, Budapest, 2004

VOLKERY, Carsten:

Magnum-Fotoagentur: "Das Drama der Geschichte - in einem Bild"


The Magnum Photo Agency: “The Drama of History - In One Picture”

]. Interview., Retrieved 22 November, 2014

WHELAN, Richard:

Robert Capa: A Biography

. Lincoln, NE, 1994


Thank You for Your Attention!

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