Robert Capa: The Paris Years 1933-54

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Robert Capa, the most celebrated photojournalist of the 20th century and a founder of Magnum Photos, used Paris as a global platform for his photog­raphy throughout his career. Robert Capa: The Paris Years 1933–1954 tells Capa’s story by focusing on his Paris studio.

Recently many artifacts have surfaced, including the so-called “Mexican suitcase,” which contained Capa’s Spanish civil war negatives. These newly discovered documents, which were ...

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Overview

Robert Capa, the most celebrated photojournalist of the 20th century and a founder of Magnum Photos, used Paris as a global platform for his photog­raphy throughout his career. Robert Capa: The Paris Years 1933–1954 tells Capa’s story by focusing on his Paris studio.

Recently many artifacts have surfaced, including the so-called “Mexican suitcase,” which contained Capa’s Spanish civil war negatives. These newly discovered documents, which were either created in or found in his Paris studio, are featured in the book.

With original textual analysis and both rare and renowned images, Robert Capa offers a newly informed, fresh look into the life of this revered photographer.

Praise for Robert Capa:

"Historians and photographers alike will be rewarded by the authors' excellent blend of narration and academic analysis, coupled with a generous helping of groundbreaking photos, many of which have never been published before." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Publishers Weekly
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Perhaps best known for his iconic photo of a Spanish soldier as he is being shot-known as "Death of Loyalist Militiaman," which hangs in New York's Museum of Modern Art-Robert Capa (born Endre Erno Friedmann) was one of the progenitors of modern-day war photojournalism, covering the Spanish Civil War, D-Day, the beginnings of the Vietnam conflict, and many other momentous occasions during his tenure behind the lens. Though these milestones and others are addressed in war correspondent Lebrun (Normandie 44) and Le Monde journalist Lefebvre's biography of Capa, their primary focus here is the work he and his colleagues produced while based out of an apartment in Paris' fourteenth arrondissement. Led largely by Capa, the collective's commitment to immersing themselves in the moments they sought to document had serious consequences-Capa's longtime collaborator and girlfriend Gerda Taro was crushed and killed by a tank while covering the Spanish Civil War-but their commitment to documenting life in a war zone, from both a military and civilian perspective, revolutionized reporting and brought the battles home. Historians and photographers alike will be rewarded by the authors' excellent blend of narration and academic analysis, coupled with a generous helping of groundbreaking photos, many of which have never been published before. Photos & illus.
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Perhaps best known for his iconic photo of a Spanish soldier as he is being shot—known as "Death of Loyalist Militiaman," which hangs in New York's Museum of Modern Art—Robert Capa (born Endre Erno Friedmann) was one of the progenitors of modern-day war photojournalism, covering the Spanish Civil War, D-Day, the beginnings of the Vietnam conflict, and many other momentous occasions during his tenure behind the lens. Though these milestones and others are addressed in war correspondent Lebrun (Normandie 44) and Le Monde journalist Lefebvre's biography of Capa, their primary focus here is the work he and his colleagues produced while based out of an apartment in Paris' fourteenth arrondissement. Led largely by Capa, the collective's commitment to immersing themselves in the moments they sought to document had serious consequences—Capa's longtime collaborator and girlfriend Gerda Taro was crushed and killed by a tank while covering the Spanish Civil War—but their commitment to documenting life in a war zone, from both a military and civilian perspective, revolutionized reporting and brought the battles home. Historians and photographers alike will be rewarded by the authors' excellent blend of narration and academic analysis, coupled with a generous helping of groundbreaking photos, many of which have never been published before. Photos & illus. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419700620
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,376,149
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Lebrun is a war correspondent who has reported from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. He is the author of Normandie 44. Michel Lefebvre is a journalist for Le Monde and has written extensively on Robert Capa, 1930s photography, and the International Brigades.

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