Robert Capa

Friedmann Endre Erno a.k.a. Robert Capa (1913-1954), was a Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist. Growing up under the Communist regime, Capa left Hungary at the age of 18 to become a writer in Berlin where he accidentally discovered photography and fell in love with this art. Nevertheless, with the rise of Nazism, he was forced to leave again, and chose France, where he became a freelance photographer. Robert Capa’s life was dedicated to document the worst conflicts of the 20th century. In the 1930s, Capa worked in Spain where he documented the Spanish Civil War and at the end of that decade, he traveled to China to photograph the Chinese resistance in face of the Japanese invasion. Yet, his most famous images are the ones taken during World War II. Being part of the Allied invasion, Robert Capa immortalised the D-Day, despite the constant fire. He took 106 pictures in Omaha Beach but all but eleven were destroyed. Those were given the title of ‘The Magnificent Eleven’. In the years following the war, he created ‘Magnum Photos’ with a group of artists gathering great names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson or David Seymour. A “brilliant photographer of the European slump”, the wars made Robert Capa a legend, but also took his life, as he died in Indochina in 1954 at the age of 40, after stepping on a mine during the First Indochina War.

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