Always I was impressed by the pictures of Robert Capa. He was a Jewish-Hungarian combat photographer photojournalist who covered five wars: the Spanish Civil War, the second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arabic-Israeli War and the first Indochina War. Capa documented the course of World War II in London, North Africa, Italy, the battle on Omaha Beach and also the liberation of Paris. His action photographs, such as those taken through the 1944 Normandy invasion, uniquely portray the violence of war.
If you take a look at the pictures of the Normandy invasion you will know where Steven Spielberg got the set decoration for the first 20 minutes of his move ‘Saving Private Ryan’.
In 1936, Capa became well known all over the globe for the ‘Falling Soldier’ photo long thought have been taken in Cerro Muriano on the Cordoba front in the Spanish Civil war. It was thought to be of a Workers’ Party of Marxist Unification militia man who had just be shot and falling to his death, and was long considered as an iconic image of the war. In the last decade a lot of people found out that this picture doesn’t show a real shooting. But anyway – even if this picture is a fake by Cape it shows exactly the cruelness of war.
Robert Capa: If you picture isn’t good enough, you weren’t close enough.
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Good piece Walter. I like Capa's work too.