Robert Capa

Apr 20, 2011

Robert Capa, "the shark," refused to be silenced, which brilliantly shined through in his artwork. While covering five different wars (the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War), and co-founding Magnum Photos, Capa remains as a staple in the history of a visual art that continues to make a distinct impact in our preconceived notations of photography as a whole.

As a teenager, Capa was drawn to the Munkakör (Work Circle), a group of socialist and avant-garde artists, photographers, and intellectuals centered around Budapest and he was a regular participant in the demonstrations against the repressive regime of Miklós Horthy. In 1931, just before his first photo would be published, Capa was arrested by the Hungarian secret police, beaten, and jailed for his radical political activity; a police official’s wife—who happened to know his family—won Capa’s release on the condition that he leave Hungary immediately.

Developing a love for Capa's keen eye, his clear, concise ideals towards art and the human condition will surprise you in its deep-rooted influence and exact beauty. "The war correspondent has his stake — his life — in his own hands, and he can put it on this horse or that horse, or he can put it back in his pocket at the very last minute ... I am a gambler. I decided to go in with Company E in the first wave." - Robert Capa


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