Photographer of the Week: Robert Capa


Robert Capa(1913-1954):

One of the first war photojournalists of the world, Robert Capa covered five significant wars in his lifetime – the Spanish Civil War, the second Sino-Japanese War, World War II, 1948 Arab Israeli war and the first Indochina war. Apart from his prolific work in the field of photography, he also co-founded the illustrious Magnum Photos with Cartier Bresson and others. It was the first ever worldwide agency for photographers.

Capa first worked with Colliers weekly before moving in to work with Life magazine. In 1954, he travelled to Southeast Asia to cover the first Indochina War. He tragically died when he stepped on a landmine on the battle field. He died with the camera in his hand.

He is known not only for redefining war reporting through photographs but also set the precedent for getting as close to the subjects as possible. He famously said, “If your picture isn’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

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~ by Fotoramus on July 25, 2009.

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