Robert Capa Introduction

May 7, 2009

Robert Capa is perhaps best known in the United States as the photographer who was on Normandy Beach on D-Day, however he had a long and expansive career which led him to cover almost every major conflict in the world for 30 years. One of those conflicts was the Spanish Civil war.

Capa was actually born in Budapest in 1913, but soon emigrated to the United States, where he ostensively lived in New York (he spent many of his years away covering different conflicts). He arrived in Spain in 1936 to cover the Republic’s struggle against the rebellion, and he would stay there until 1939. [Magnum Photos, Biography of Robert Capa] Out of this time spent in Spain came arguably Capa’s most famous photograph, Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936, or as it was commonly known as, Falling Soldier. The photo was taken on the Cordoba front in 1936 and was first published in the French magazine Vu, however it would eventually become both a symbol of the Civil War, as well as one of if not the greatest combat photo ever taken. (Whelan, 2002) This photo was one of several larger collections which Capa sent back the U.S. and other countries as exhibits, and which now hang in the Reina Sophia Museum.
Although Capa was a legendary dare-devil of the battlefield, this characteristic would eventually be his undoing. While covering the First Indochina War, Capa was killed when he stepped on a landmine. It is said that Capa died with his camera in his hand.[Magnum Photos, Biography of Robert Capa]


Robert Capa Bibliography

May 7, 2009

Slightly Out of Focus
By Robert Capa
Contributor Robert Capa, Cornell Capa, Richard Whelan
Edition: illustrated
Published by Random House Publishing Group, 2001
ISBN 0375753966

Robert Capa: a biography
By Richard Whelan
Edition: reprint, illustrated
Published by U of Nebraska Press, 1994
ISBN 0803297602

Robert Capa
By Robert Capa, John Hersey, Jean Lacouture, Centre national de la photographie (France)
Published by Pantheon Books, 1989
Original from the University of Michigan
Digitized Dec 18, 2007
ISBN 0679723366

Death in the making
By Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, Jay Allen
Translated by Jay Allen
Illustrated by Gerda Taro
Published by Convici-Friede, 1938

Capa, cara a cara: Fotografías de Robert capa sobre la guerra civil española: de la colección del Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía
By Aperture Foundation, Incorporated, Robert Capa, Esperanza Aguirre, José Guirao Cabrera, Cornell Capa, Juan Pablo Fusi Aizpurʹua, Centro de arte Reina Sofía Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofʹia, Catherine Coleman, Richard Whelan
Contributor Esperanza Aguirre
Published by Aperture, 1999
ISBN 0893818860

Blood and champagne: the life and times of Robert Capa
By Alex Kershaw
Edition: reprint, illustrated
Published by Da Capo Press, 2004
ISBN 0306813564

Robert Capa, Photographs: Photographs
By Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell Capa, Richard Whelan
Photographs by Robert Capa
Contributor Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Whelan
Edition: illustrated
Published by Aperture, 1996
ISBN 0893816752


The Capa Collection at Reina Sofia

March 7, 2009

The presence of Picasso’s Guernica overshadows the entire museum de Reina Sofia, it is by far the most popular and most lingered upon piece. A side effect of this overshadowing presence and beauty is that a truly important role of the painting is overlooked in favor of its own immense value as a time capsule of the terror of the war. Read the rest of this entry »