Friday, April 14, 2006

fear and loneliness...

"At once a new warmth flows through me. These voices, these quiet words, these footsteps in the trench behind me recall me at a bound from the terrible loneliness and fear of death by which l had been almost destroyed. They are more to me than life - their voices, they are more than motherliness and more than fear, they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere - they are the voices of my comrades."

-All quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Robert Capa

Montblanc, Tarragona, 1938

Robert Capa was born Andre Friedmann in Budapest in 1913. At barely 18 he moved to Berlin and took up photojournalism and a few years later moved to Paris which he would consider his only home.

"On road to Messina, 1943

In Paris Robert struggled to earn a living and fell in love with Gerda Taro. Together they created the name Robert Capa, finding it more profitable to sell his images.

Fallen Soldier, Spanish Civil War, 1936

Robert and Gerda moved to war torn Spain in 1936, wishing to fight totalitarianism with their cameras.

In Spain Gerda acquired the nickname "La pequeria rubia". ...sadly Gerda was killed, accidently run over by a tank. She was 26 and it is said that a piece of Robert died with her.

"gerda and robert in paris,

Robert went on to document the Sino-Japanese war, and world war ll where he was with the first wave onto Omaha Beach during the slaughter of the D Day invasion. In 1947 he set up the Magnum Photo Agency with Cartier-Bresson and others.

In 1954 Robert Capa agreed to supply life magazine with photos of the conflict between the french and viet minh in Indochina.

"I will be on my good behavior today, l will not insult my colleagues and l will not once mention the excellence of my work" - Robert Capa,
eight hours before he was killed by a landmine at Thai Bink.
He was 40

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