Photography of five wars
He photographed five different wars: the Spanish Civil War, the Second China-Japan War, and World War II across Europe, the Arab-Israeli War in 1948, and the first Indo-Chinese War.
He followed World War II in London, North Africa, Italy, the Battle of Normandy on the Omaha coast, and the Paris Liberation Movement.
When photographing dramatic moments, attention to technical issues was of secondary importance to this famous photographer.
His thrilling photographs, including those taken during the invasion of the Normandy in 1944, were able to uniquely capture the violence of war.
Establishment of Magnum Photo Agency
In 1947, Robert Capa, along with three other photographers, Henry Cartier-Bresson, George Roger, and David Seymour, founded the Magnum Photo Agency.
Robert Capa was able to capture what was going on in the wars and the emotions of that environment in his photographs with extraordinary ability because he had felt the war with his skin and bones.
Capa recorded his most famous work in June 1944, the day of the Battle of Normandy.
He swam near the shore like other soldiers that day, but instead of a gun, he armed himself with his camera.
Photography in war
In the first few hours, Capa took 106 photos of the enemy’s attack and aggression.
A member of Life London magazine over-placed the films in the dryer in the darkroom, melting the emulsion of the negatives and ruining three and a half of his films.
In total, only 11 frames were obtained. Life magazine published 10 frames of those photos in its June 19 issue.
Goodbye in front of the camera
In the early 1950s, Robert Capa traveled to Japan for an exhibition by the Magnum Photo Company.
Life magazine asked him to go to Southeast Asia, which was involved in the first Indo-China war.
On May 25, 1954, as he was crossing dangerous areas, Capa got out of his car and climbed up the road to photograph it.
About five minutes later, an explosion was heard, with Robert Capa’s foot on a mine.
He was still alive when his colleagues arrived at the scene, but his left leg was dismembered and there was a deep wound in his chest.
The famous photographer was taken to a small local hospital but died on arrival. He said goodbye to the world with the camera in his hands.