Oct 22 2013

 

 

 

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MailOnline is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Capa. The photojournalist was legendary and served as a role model for future generations of photographers. His pictures are classics and still instantly recognizable to his fans everywhere. As a very young man, I remember seeing his images in LIFE magazine as he transported me to different sections of the world.

Capa was especially know for his coverage of the Japan's Invasion of China, the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His portrait of Hemingway (last photograph on this page) is a classic.

MailOnline describes his journey:

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Robert Capa

He [Capa] was on hand to chronicle some of the most important moments in world history in the last century and his photos of the D Day landings in particular offer the most vivid depiction of the bloody but crucial invasion of France.

Capa was born Andre Friedmann in Hungarian capital Budapest in 1913 but moved to Berlin when he was 17 enrolling in the Deutsche Hochschule Fur Politik where he studied journalism and political science while working part time in a dark room.

He remained in Berlin until Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and the rise of the Nazis gained pace, moving to Paris.

Along with his companion Gerda Jaro, Capa made regular trips to Spain between 1936 and 1939 to photograph the Spanish Civil War.

During that time he took arguably his most famous photograph - Death of a Loyalist Soldier - which graphically depicted the death of anarchist Federico Borrell García.

He also travelled to China in 1938 to document resistance to the Japanese invasion there.

The Picture Post described him as the 'greatest war photographer in the world' later the same year.

Capa fled to America when the Second World War started and began working as a freelance photographer for LIFE, Time and several other publications.

From 1941 until 1946, Capa was war correspondent for LIFE and Collier's and travelled with the U.S Army.

He captured Allied victories in North Africa, the Normandy landings in 1944 and the capture of Leipzig, Nuremberg and Berlin.

Following the war, he co-founded the Magnum photo agency before heading to Israel to capture the turmoil surrounding the country's declaration of independence between 1948 and 1950.

Not just a war photographer, Capa also met and photographed the likes of Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemmingway and Leon Trotsky.

The photographer became a casualty of war himself in 1954.

Capa travelled to Hanoi to cover the French war in Indochina but was killed when he stepped on a landmine shortly after arriving.

He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm by the French and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for excellence in the field of photojournalism was established the year after his death.

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