Robert Capa by Richard Whelan
A Biography

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The legendary war photographer Robert Capa carried into his personal life the same remarkable vitality that characterizes his pictures. Driven from his native Hungary by political oppression, he was first recognized for photographing the Spanish Civil War. In 1938 he was in China recording the Japanese invasion. During World War II he was in London, North Africa, and Italy, and then in France covering D-Day on Omaha Beach, the liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. When the new nation of Israel was founded in 1948 he was there. In 1954 he was in Vietnam, taking photographs until the moment he was killed.

Away from battle, Capa gather about him such famous people as Ernest Hemingway and his wife (the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn), Gary Cooper, Irwin Shaw, and Gene Kelly. Whelan shows Capa photographing the street life of Paris, crisscrossing America on assignment from Life, in Russia with John Steinbeck, in Italy with John Huston, on the Riviera with Picasso, and with Ingrid Bergman.


About Richard Whelan

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Richard Whelan edited with Cornell Capa Robert Capa Photographs . Whelan studied art history at Yale University and has written extensively about art and photography. His books include Drawing the Line: Volume 1: The Korean War, 1950-1953 .
Published January 1, 1985 by Bungei Shunju Ltd.. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The life of the man who, in the course of covering five wars, was for nearly two decades the world's most famous war photographer.

Sep 16 1985 | Read Full Review of Robert Capa: A Biography

The New York Times

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Another tracks the development of Capa, whom Picture Post magazine called “the greatest war photographer in the world.” A third is the story of two young people, Taro and Capa, who fled Nazi Germany, moved to Paris and formed a working partnership.

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Publishers Weekly

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Whelan ( Robert Capa ), who sorted through some 70,000 negatives to select the 130 duotone images included here, found that children constitute a major theme in the war photographs of Robert Capa (1913-1954), known for his contributions to Life magazine.

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40 Photos round out this portrait of war photographer Capa, from his famous shots of the Spanish Civil War until his death in Vietnam in 1954.

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More than 160black-and-white duotone photographs vividly testify to the remarkable talent ofRobert Capa (1913-54), one of the century's most distinguished photographers.Born in Hungary, but driven from that country by political oppression, Capa hasbeen called "The Greatest War Photographer in the...

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