Robert Capa  (Hungarian, 1913-1954) 

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Robert Capa (Hungarian, 1913–1954) was a Hungarian photographer who photographed five wars over the course of his lifetime and redefined the genre of photojournalism. Capa was born Endre Friedmann to Jewish parents in Budapest in 1913. At the age of 18, he left Hungary in search of work and in the early 1930s, he adopted the moniker “Robert Capa” because he believed it would be easier to sell his work with a more American-sounding name. Between 1936 and 1939, Capa worked as a photographer in Spain during the Spanish Civil War with fellow photojournalist David Seymour (Polish, 1911–1956).

Over the next several decades, Capa covered World War II, the Second Sino-Japanese War, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War. Perhaps his most well-known image, The Magnificent Elevent, was taken during the D-Day invasion of Omaha beach. Capa also traveled to the Soviety Union with American writer John Steinbeck, and his photos were included in Steinbeck’s book A Russian Journal.

In 1947, Capa co-founded Magnum Photos in Paris with Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908–2004), and George Rodger (British, 1908–1995).

In the 1950s, during a period of intense fighting in the Indochina War, Capa was asked to go on assignment to Southeast Asia for Life magazine. Capa was killed by a landmine after leaving his Jeep to take a photograph. He is buried in Westchester, NY.

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Robert Capa, Loyalist Soldiers Running Up Hill, Battle of Rio Segre, Aragon front (near Fraga), Spain, November 7

 

Robert Capa
Loyalist Soldiers Running Up Hill, Battle of Rio Segre, Aragon front (near Fraga), Spain, November 7
1938
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Robert Capa, D-Day, Omaha Beach, June 6

 

Robert Capa
D-Day, Omaha Beach, June 6
1944
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Robert Capa, GI carries injured paratrooper to medical aid station during first Allied air drop behind enemy lines near Wesel, Germany, March 24

 

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GI carries injured paratrooper to medical aid station during first Allied air drop behind enemy lines near Wesel, Germany, March 24
1945
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Robert Capa, FRANCE. Golfe-Juan. August, 1948. Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot.

 

Robert Capa
FRANCE. Golfe-Juan. August, 1948. Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot.
1948

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Robert Capa, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

 

Robert Capa
Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
1944

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Robert Capa, Tired little girl amidst refugees, 1936

 

Robert Capa
Tired little girl amidst refugees, 1936
1936

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Robert Capa, Omaha Beach, Normandy Coast, France, June 6, 1944

 

Robert Capa
Omaha Beach, Normandy Coast, France, June 6, 1944
1944

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Robert Capa, Crowds running for shelter when the air-raid alarm sounded, Bilbao, Spain, 1937

 

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Crowds running for shelter when the air-raid alarm sounded, Bilbao, Spain, 1937
1937

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Robert Capa, Liberation of Paris, August 26, 1944

 

Robert Capa
Liberation of Paris, August 26, 1944
1944

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Robert Capa, Five Photographs from Germany

 

Robert Capa
Five Photographs from Germany, 1951
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Robert Capa, Ernest Hemingway, Sun Valley, Idaho

 

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Ernest Hemingway, Sun Valley, Idaho, 1941
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Robert Capa, Omaha Beach, June 6th

 

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Omaha Beach, June 6th, 1944
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1913   Born Andre Friedmann to Jewish parents in Budapest
1931 - 1933   Studied Political Science, Deutsche Hochschule für Politik, Berlin, Germany
1933   Driven out of the country by the threat of a Nazi regime, he settled in Paris
1938   Capa travelled to China and emigrated to New York a year later
1947   Capa founded Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert
1954   Awarded the Croix de Guerre (War Cross) with Palm from the French Army (posthumously)
1954   On 25 May 1954 he was photographing for Life in Thai-Binh, Indochina, when he stepped on a landmine and was killed
1955   The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award was established to reward exceptional professional merit
2005 - 2006   Retrospective, Galerie Am Tunnel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway; Kunsthalle, Fellbach, Germany
2004 - 2005   Robert Capa connu et inconnu, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
2002   Israel, Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France
2002   Slightly out of focus, Daimaru Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1999   Heart of Spain: Capa's Photographs of the spanish civil war, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
1997   Robert Capa : A Retrospective, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Aperture Foundation, USA
1995   Capa's life, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
1991   Robert Capa : A Retrospective, Sala de Exposiciones de la Disputacion, Burgos, Spain; Circulo de Bella Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
1991   Children of War, Children of Peace, ICP New York, NY
1990   Capa and Capa (with Cornell Capa), Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
1985   Robert Capa: Photographs, ICP, New York, NY
1976   Capa: emlèkkiàllilàs, Budapest Mücsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
1964   Images of War, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
1960   Robert Capa: War Photographs, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
1952   On Picasso (with Gjon Mili), Moma, New York, NY
2001    Robert Capa Connu et Inconnu - BNF éditions, Paris, France
2001    Robert Capa: The Definitive Collection - Phaidon Press Ltd, UK; (La Collection) Phaidon Press, France
1996 - 2001    Robert Capa: Photographs - Aperture, USA; (Robert Capa: Photographies) Editions Nathan, Paris
1999    Heart of Spain - Aperture, USA
1991    Children of War, Children of Peace - Bulfinch Press, USA
1990    Capa & Capa: Brothers in Photography - International Center of Photography, USA
1988    Robert Capa: Photographs from Israel - The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1985    Robert Capa: Photographs - Alfred A. Knopf, USA; (Robert Capa Photographe) Sylvie Messinger, France; Art&, Italy
1985    Robert Capa: A Biography (by Richard Whelan) - Alfred A. Knopf, USA; Mazarine, France
1974    Robert Capa 1913-1954 - Grossman Publishers, USA
1964 - 1965    Images of War - Grossman Publishers, USA; (Images de guerre) Hachette, France
1950    Report on Israel - Simon and Schuster, Inc, USA
1948    A Russian journal - Viking Press, USA
1947    Slightly Out of Focus - Henry Holt & Co, USA (reprint: Modern Library, USA, 1999; Contrasto, Italy 2002; Delpire, France 2003)
1944    Invasion! - D. Appleton Century Co, USA
1938    Death in the Making (with Gerda Taro) - Covici Friede, USA