Cornell Capa

Darkroom Print: The Bolshoi Ballet School, Moscow, 1958.

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In 1958, two years after his work in Ecuador covering Operation Auca, Cornell Capa visited the USSR to provide a snapshot of Soviet Russian life. While traveling through Moscow, he photographed ballerinas at the Bolshoi Ballet School (today, Moscow State Academy of Choreography), one of the oldest and most prestigious academies of its kind in the world. The school, founded in 1773 by Catherine the Great — 10 years after she established it as an orphanage, was part of a larger effort to promote art and the ballet in Russia. Capa’s image serves as a testament to the legacy and beauty of an enduring hallmark of Russian culture.


Format: Archival Pigment Print
Printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta paper
Size: 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.6 cm)

Please note, this Darkroom Print is hand stamped with a Magnum Stamp on the back. This will be hidden by the framing.

This print is for personal use only, intended for display in the home or other private spaces. For all other purposes, such as display in public spaces or institutions, publishing the image online or in print, or any other form of usage, permission must be granted by Magnum Photos.


Each frame is hand-crafted and made-to-order and includes framing-grade quality plexiglass, which comes with ~60% UV protection.

Please allow up to three additional weeks before your order is shipped when ordering a framed item.

Please note: due to the nature of the framing process the artist archival stamp that is on the recto of our Contact Sheet, Darkroom and Magnum Edition prints will be obscured upon framing.


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Each print is made using an archival pigment process and printed on the highest quality papers.

Our frames are hand-made to order by experts with decades of experience.

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