Edition 2011

Robert Capa

Born in 1913 in Budapest. Deceased in 1954 in Thai Binh, Indochina.

Robert Capa is one of the most well known photojournalists of the twentieth century. Born Endre Ernö Friedmann (Budapest, October 22, 1913–Thai-Binh, Indochina, May 25, 1954) in a family of Jewish tailors, he was forced to leave Hungary at the age of seventeen because of leftist student activities; he fled to Berlin, where he enrolled at the Deutsche Hochschule für Politik as a student of journalism. With no money, no profession, and little knowledge of German, he turned to the camera as a means of earning a living. In 1933, he moved to Paris, where he met Chim, Stein, and Taro. Quickly gaining a reputation for his photographs of the Spanish Civil War, his work was characterized as viscerally close to the action, as had rarely been seen before. In roll after roll of film in the so-called Mexican suitcase, one can see Capa move with his subjects, chasing the action, seeking to understand and experience events as his subjects do. In 1947, Robert Capa creates the Magnum Photos agency with Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and Chim (David Seymour).
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