In 1938, the UK’s Picture Post magazine anointed photojournalist ROBERT CAPA ‘The Greatest War Photographer In The World’.
Born Endre Friedmann, Capa’s reinvention, fearless bravery and voracious appetite for life led him to cover 5 major conflicts from the Spanish Civil War onwards – famously stepping onto the beaches of Normandy with the first wave of allied infantry during the D-Day landings. Co-founder of Magnum Photos in 1947 Capa once said ‘if your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough’ a mantra that would eventually end his life whilst covering the Indo-China war. It was a death that would forever symbolize the line between the very best place and the very worst place for a war photographer as a precariously thin one.
Robert Capa (1913 - 1954) at a meeting of the Magnum photographic co-operative, Paris, circa 1947. Photo by Ernst Haas