|Robert Capa, 1913 - 1954|
|"Moment of Death"|
In the book Frontline: Reporting form the World's Deadliest Places David Loyn writes, "Ever since doubts were raised over Robert Capa's 'moment of death' photograph, which appears to show a soldier as he is hit by a bullet in the Spanish civil war, war photography has been under scrutiny. The evidence for Capa's picture being exactly what it looks like is strong, but doubts remain. It is easier to sit in a bar and retell rumour and suspicion than it is to go out and put your life on the line to take real pictures. Nobody can say what pictures show except the person who took them; interpretation comes down to trust." (Source: Frontline: Reporting form the World's Deadliest Places, David Loyn, 2011, www.amzn.com/1849531412)
In 1937 Capa made his first visit to the United States. By 1943 he was an accredited war correspondent in the US Army. He would document the campaign in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and the D-day Landings. The opening 20 minutes of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan are an homage to Robert Capa's work as well as a tribute to the heroes who fought on June 6, 1944.
|German POW and US Army medic, Sicily 1943|
|Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944|
|Siclian peasant and US Officer, Sicily 1943|
"The Germans went that-away!"
|Capa's grave, Amawalk, NY|
|American GIs at Maria SS Assunta Cathedral, Troina, August 6, 1943|
Source: Robert Capa: in Italia, 2013, Fratelli Alinari, Beatrix Lengyel, Eva Fisli.
Travel Notes: From now until February 23, 2014 you can see an exhibition of Capa's Italian war photography at the Museo Nazionale Alinari Della Fotographia (Alinari National Museum of Photography). The museum is in Florence, Italy. www.alinarifondazione.it. Piazza Santa Maria Novella 14a/r, 50123 Florence, Italy.