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Robert Capa (Hungarian, 1913–1954)
LOT ID: 79442
The Joy of Returning to Paris, 1944

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
9.5 х 14 in. (24.13 x 35.56 cm.)
Stamped, photographer's credit stamped verso: "Please credit Robert Capa - Magnum, New York." "Copyright abc Press" stamped verso. Archive numbers inscribed verso. Caption inscribed on verso: "The joy of returning to Paris lights the face of this soldier...Behind him, German soldiers are grouped for shipment to prison camp shortly after the Liberation of Paris, Paris Aug 1943."
Lot description
Printed circa 1960.

Robert Capa (1913-1954) has been called "The Greatest War Photographer in the World," although he hated war. Born Andre Friedmann to Jewish parents in Budapest in 1913, he studied political science at the Deutsche Hochschule für Politik in Berlin. Driven out of the country by the threat of a Nazi regime, he settled in Paris in 1933. He was represented by Alliance Photo and met the journalist and photographer Gerda Taro. Together, they invented the 'famous' American photographer "Robert Capa" and began to sell their prints under that name. He met Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, and formed friendships with fellow photographers David 'Chim' Seymour and Henri Cartier-Bresson. From 1936 onwards, Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa traveled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1947 Capa founded Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert. On 25 May 1954 he was photographing for Life in Thai-Binh, Indochina, when he stepped on a landmine and was killed. The French army awarded him the Croix de Guerre with Palm post-humously. The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award was established in 1955 to reward exceptional professional merit.’ [magnumphotos.com]
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