Born in Budapest in 1918. Lived in New York since 1937. Died on May the 23th 2008, in New York.
He was a photographer on the staff of LIFE magazine from 1946 until May 1954, when his brother, Robert Capa, was killed by a landmine in Indochina. Cornell then joined Magnum Photos, the agency of which his brother had been a founder. During his Magnum years, he traveled to the Soviet Union and covered the Israeli Six-Day War, but his most extensive projects focused on politics and poverty in Latin America, on social issues in the United States, and on American presidential politics from Adlai Stevenson to Barry Goldwater. In 1974 he founded the International Center of Photography, in New York, and served as its director for twenty years. Since becoming Founding Director Emeritus in 1994, he has worked on numerous books and exhibitions, and he remains one of the photographic community's most respected elder statesmen