22 October 2015

Happy Birthday, Capa!

"Robert Capa" Gerda Taro (1937)

Today is the birthday of Robert Capa. Born on October 22, 1913 in Budapest, Hungary, he planned on becoming a writer but a stint as a dark room assistant found him picking up a camera instead. By the age of 25 he was being hailed as "the greatest war photographer in the world" by Picture Post. He covered five wars including the Spanish Civil War and World War II but once said, "I hope to stay unemployed as a war photographer till the end of my life." Away from the battle fields, he photographed celebrated artists like Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway as well as regular families in places like Russia and Norway. He even coined the term "Generation X" while working on a series on post-WWII youth. In 1947 he founded the photographic co-operative Magnum Photos along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David "Chim" Seymour, George Rodger, and William Vandivert, which is still going strong. My ultimate crush (look how handsome he was), I could go on and on but will end with saying, Happy Birthday, Capa!

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