Blood and champagne robert capa
Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa by Alex KershawRobert Capa was arguably the finest photojournalist of the twentieth century and without doubt its greatest combat photographer-he covered every major conflict from the Spanish Civil War to the beginnings of Vietnam. An inveterate gambler who coined the dictum if your pictures arent good enough, youre not close enough, Capa risked his life again and again, most dramatically as the only photographer landing with the first wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and he created some of the most enduring images ever made with a camera.
But the drama in Capas life wasnt limited to one side of the lens. Born in Budapest as Andre Freidman, Capa fled political repression and anti-Semitism as a teenager by escaping to Berlin, where he first picked up a Leica and then witnessed the rise of Hitler. By the time his images of D-Day appeared in Life Magazine, he had become a legend, the first photographer to make his calling appear glamorous and sexy, and the model for many of the most intrepid photographers to this day. In 1947, after a decade covering war, he founded a cooperative agency-Magnum-and in the process revolutionized the industry. For the first time, photographers would retain their own copyrights and negatives, and nearly half a century later, Magnum remains the most prestigious agency of its kind.
By the time he died, at just forty-one in 1954, Capa was not only the greatest adventurer in photographic history. He had become a colleague and confidant to writers Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway and director John Huston, and a seducer of several of his eras most alluring icons, including Ingrid Bergman.
From Budapest in the twenties to Paris in the thirties, from post-war Hollywood to Stalins Russia, and from New York in the fifties to Indochina, Blood and Champagne is a wonderfully evocative account of Capas life and times. Based on extensive interviews with Capas friends and contemporaries, as well as FBI and Soviet files and other previously unpublished materials, Alex Kershaws biography is every bit as compelling as its charismatic subject.
Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa
What made you choose to write about Robert Capa? AK: I was features writer and worked with good photographers and they all adored Capa. My wife loved his work and showed me many images. His story is hard to beat — very romantic and exciting and important. Then you kept your head to the dirt and followed his orders — he could keep you alive.
This book was bought in a 2nd hand sale. I had heard of Robert Capa and was intrigued by his story. This was one brave man ,who was a brilliant photographer who died at the age of forty in the Indo-China War. The author illuminates the story of Capa through his photos from the Spanish Civil War to the 2nd World War until his untimely death by a landmine in Vietnam. There is too much emphasis on Capa's lifestyle of women ,champagne and gambling, which detracts from his bravery as war photographer and which are in my view voyeristic. However,that said ,an enjoyable read constructed by the author. Here at Walmart.
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Robert Capa - "The Greatest War Photographer in the World"
In February , three months before he was killed by a landmine, the war photographer Robert Capa set off on his final assignment in Vietnam. Cutting short a skiing holiday in Klosters, he travelled to the local railway station, where 'he was serenaded by the town band as he climbed aboard the train with a bottle of champagne and someone else's wife'. It was a fitting last journey for a man whose life had largely been spent on the move. Born in Hungary in , and christened Andre Friedmann, 'with a shock of thick black hair and a surplus little finger on one hand', Capa was soon hustling and bustling his way around Europe. From Budapest, where, his mother recalled fondly, as a child he was in such a hurry that he used to walk into lamp-posts, he moved to Berlin and then to Paris, where he reinvented himself as a photo-journalist so successfully that he was sent to Spain to cover the developing mess of the Civil War. Wherever he went, Kershaw reports in his chatty and lively new biography, 'history continued to snap at his heels'. And wherever he went, Capa continued to snap away at history, from his grainy images of Trotsky's final speech to his haunting record of the confusion of the D-Day landings.