Robert Capa

par123079Robert Capa from his Profile at Magnum Photos PAR123079.jpg

Robert Capa is regarded as one of the most famous War photographers.  Firstly most notably for his image of ‘The falling soldier’ taken during the Spanish Civil War.  This thrust him to the forefront of war photography.  Secondly and probably of most note for his famous images recorded during the invasion landings with the American forces on D-Day, 6th June 1944.  On assignment for Time magazine Robert shot 4 rolls of film, they were couriered to London for processing but of the 4 rolls 3 were ruined and only a few images survived of the last roll.  On this roll is, in my opinion, one of the most famous images of World War 2 ever to be shown.


Image linked to PAR121453.jpg Magnum Photos.

Landing on Omaha beach with the first wave of troops this image is of an American soldier, Private First Class Huston Riley [1]nearly submerged in the surf.  In this following brief video by Time Magazine is an interview with the John G Morris, the Time editor in receipt of Capa’s images.  The poignant remark is near to the end where he recognised later on that the image taken by Capa he had to have been in front of the soldier and with his back to the enemy, gunfire and action.  This he describes exemplifies the courage of Capa and it also demonstrates that the images we see are often looked at as a window to that event, we often ignore and rarely seem to understand what has transpired outside of the frame to allow the image creation.  In this instance John recognises this.

John G Morris Interview with Time Magazine (accessed 19th November 2016) [2]

If you’re photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough – Robert Capa

Capa, with 3 other photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour went onto form Magnum Photos. [4]

Capa’s career as a war photographer started in 1936 when he covered the Spanish civil war, and during his career he documented five wars and ended in 1954 when stepping on a landmine in the first IndoChina War killing him. [3]


[1] (Livarchik, J. and Scott, S. (2008) The soldier in the surf – mercer island reporter. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2016).)(Livarchik and Scott, 2008), Private First Class Huston Riley (accessed

[2] Morris, J. and Capa, R. (1944) See the story behind One of the most courageous images in photojournalism. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2016).

[3]Magnum photos history of magnum (2014) Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2016).

[4] Davenport, Alma. The History of Photography: An Overview, Univ. of New Mexico Press (1991).


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