I.C. Rapoport was born in the Bronx and attended the High School of Art and Design, studied photography at Ohio University.
Deeply connected to Paris, Rapoport began his career in photojournalism in the 1960s with Paris-Match Magazine, working out of their New York bureau. His many Match photos include pictures of John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Marilyn Monroe, Samuel Beckett, Eva Gabor, Tina Onassis, the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan, among dozens of other icons of the time. His cover photo of Jackie Kennedy in the now classic JFK funeral issue (Numero Historique) was seen around the world. Rapoport was later published in LIFE Magazine, TIME, Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post, LOOK, National Geographic. His photos of Samuel Beckett have been featured at the Centre Pompidou here in Paris.