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Robert Capa


PhotoUtopia Intro: “You are feeling more alive, the closer you are to death” Myron Davis (photographer) talking about being a war photographer. This is certainly how Robert Capa lived his life, after an illustrious career he had every option of becoming a lifestyle photographer and live the easy life in the USA, but the call to make a difference, to bring back the tales of war were to strong. Like his life’s love - Gerda Taro, he would die bringing the horrors of war to a world wide audience. Famous for his saying,If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough”. Capa is perhaps the greatest war photographer of all time.


Robert Capa (October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954), born Endre ErnÅ‘ Friedmann, was a Hungarian combat photographer and photojournalist who covered five different wars: the Spanish Civil War,
the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War. He documented the course of World War II in London, North Africa, Italy, the Battle of Normandy on Omaha Beach and the liberation of Paris. His action photographs, such as those taken during the 1944 Normandy invasion, portray the violence of war with unique impact. In 1947, Capa co-founded Magnum Photos with, among others, the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. The organization was the first cooperative agency for worldwide freelance photographers.
From 1936 to 1939, he was in Spain, photographing the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, along with Gerda Taro, his companion and professional photography partner, and David Seymour.[3] In 1938, he traveled to the Chinese city of Hankow, now called Wuhan, to document the resistance to the Japanese invasion.
At the start of World War II, Capa was in New York City. He had moved there from Paris to look for new work and to escape Nazi persecution. The war took Capa to various parts of the European Theatre on photography assignments. He first photographed for Collier's Weekly, before switching to Life after he was fired by the former. He was the only "enemy alien" photographer for the Allies.
His most famous work occurred on June 6, 1944 (D-Day) when he swam ashore with the second assault wave on Omaha Beach. He was armed with two Contax II cameras mounted with 50 mm lenses and several rolls of spare film. Capa took 106 pictures in the first couple of hours of the invasion. However, a staff member at Life in London made a mistake in the darkroom; he set the dryer too high and melted the emulsion in the negatives in three complete rolls and over half of a fourth roll. Only eight frames in total were recovered.

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