22 October 2012

Happy Birthday Capa!

Robert Capa in China, 1938.

Today is Robert Capa’s birthday. Born on October 22, 1913 in Budapest, Hungary, he was one of the greatest war photographers of the 20th century. The man who said "if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," covered five wars and became the archetypal photojournalist, inspiring generations of young photographers and influencing at least one fictional one (James Stewart's role in Rear Window was reportedly based on Capa). He was simply, one of the best, and I count him among my favourite photographers. And if I had to name a history crush it would be Capa. He was talented, charming, fearless, and had the looks of a Gypsy straight out of central casting. What’s not to love? I plan on writing more about him in a later post but didn’t want today to go by without saying Happy Birthday Capa.

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