Posts Tagged ‘War Robet Capa’

War&Peace, War&Journalism

March 30, 2009


Robert Capa, who was the greatest photojournalist in the 20th century. In his life he covered five different wars: the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino Japanese War, the Second World War across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the First Indochina War.



To Capa, technical considerations were secondary to catching a dramatic moment.


Robert Capa’s pictures would not make people feel aware of the importance of photo taking techniques but the courageous which can only be exchanged by a life. Because of this enormous courageous, his pictures are regarded as classics. No one criticizes whether his pictures are dedicated, whether the meaning could be delivered correctly, whether crops are compact, whether shutter opportunities are neither more nor less, and the tones of pictures are rich. Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, with bad quality, deserves to one of his most famous pictures. And in the D-Day landings, even the objects are really blurred. Focal lengths, shutter speeds, apertures are meaningless nouns. He took pictures by his life, but not by cameras.




Robert Capa is the most famous war correspondent in people’s memory, and his career was gambling. However, on May 25, 1954, Capa stepped on a landmine and died with his camera in his hand.


People will never forget him. His photos have become a symbol of humanity and war. He hated war during his whole life and looked for peace. He tried to use his photos to record the war and awake people’s conscious to stop killing each other.


The most sentence of Robert Capa is that “If your pictures are not good enough, you are not close enough”. Through his photos, people can hear the sounds of bullets and bombs. Every photos prove that the war is the most foolish and brutal thing made by human beings.



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