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Robert Capa

Photojournalist Robert Capa

Profession: Photojournalist


Biography: Robert Capa has been called one of the greatest photojournalists and is particularly remembered as a war photographer. He covered 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. During WWII he was the only photojournalist to be part of the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach, France.

In 1947 Capa was one of the founders of Magnum Photos with fellow photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Vandivert, David Seymour, and George Rodger.

Capa was killed stepping on a landmine during an assignment to cover the First Indochina War.

Born: October 22, 1913
Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Libra

Died: May 25, 1954 (aged 40)
Cause of Death: Injuries from landmine explosion

Historical Events

  • 1944-06-19 Five of the "The Magnificent Eleven" photos taken by Robert Capa during the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy first published in "Life Magazine"
  • 1947-02-06 Magnum Photos founded in Paris by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour