Robert Capa, a war correspondent and photojournalist unlike any other
Born 22 October 1913 in Budapest, Hungary, Robert Capa grew to love the art of journalism and photography. He moved to Berlin from Hungary where he began his first published works as a photographer. In 1932, he had his first set of photos published in Der Speigel capturing a speech in Denmark given by Leon Trotsky about the Russian Revolution. After leaving his home in Berlin in 1933 during the rise of Nazism, he settled in France. In 1936, he began his coverage of the Spanish Civil War which would last until 1939. In Spain, he worked with American journalist, Ernest Hemingway, to capture the war alongside the fighting Republicans against Franco’s Nationalist army. Following his time in Spain, the photographer moved onto photograph the Second Sino-Japanese War After the start of the Second World War, Capa began photographing the Allied advance in Sicily and mainland Italy. On 6 June 1944, Robert Capa shot his most famous and recognized photographs during the Allied Invasion of Normandy on Omaha Beach. From there, he moved on to photograph the 2nd Armored Division liberating Paris from Nazi occupation and eventually Operation Varsity where he parachuted with the 17th Airborne Division into Germany near the Rhine River on 24 March 1945. In 1947, Robert Capa founded Magnum Photos with other photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Vandivert, David Seymour and George Rodger. After the end of WWII, Capa went on the photograph the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the First Indochina War, where unfortunately, Capa lost his life after stepping on a landmine while working to photograph the advance of a French regiment, despite making the promise to himself to take a break from photographing a war on 25 May 1954.
Robert Capa never failed to capture the intensity and emotion in what ever situation he was involved.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Capa