Photojournalism of Robert Capa

robert-capa-by-ruth-orkinPhotojournalist Robert Capa (1913-1954) was born in Budapest (Hungary). He was sent to Spain in 1936 to cover the civil war and shot several iconic images of the conflict. “His photos of the D-Day invasion are considered among the most vivid images of warfare ever captured on film. His work during World War II earned him the Medal of Freedom Citation from General Eisenhower.” (source:

Robert Capa covered five different wars: Spanish Civil War, First Indochina War, World War II, 1948 Arab-Israeli War and Second Sino-Japanese War. Risking his life he documented the bloodiest battle scenes. On May 25, 1954, Capa was in Southeast Asia to cover the first Indochina War. While photographing, he mistakenly stepped on a landmine and died of fatal injuries. (See:

After the war, Capa shot now famous portaits of well- known artists, including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. In 1954, while filling in for another LIFE photographer on an assignment in Vietnam, he was killed by a landmine. He was the first American correspondent to die in that conflict. (Source:



Paratroopers of the U.S. 1st Airborne Division land near Wesel, Germany on March 24, 1945.

Copyright © Robert Capa/Magnum Photos.


Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944: The first wave of American troops lands at dawn.

Robert Capa took over 100 photographs during the landing on Omaha Beach. Unfortunately, a darkroom technician, eager to see photographs of the invasion, dried the film too fast. The heat melted the emulsion, ruining all but 10 frames.


Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment.


One of the most famous war photographs of all time — Federico Borrell Garcia, a Spanish Republican militiaman, falls to his death on September 5, 1936, at Cerro Muriano along the Cordoba front.

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