Robert Capa's real name is Endre Friedmann, he was born in Oct.22.1913, died in May.25.1954, because of stepping on a landmine. He was a war photographer and photojournalist, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. He moved to Berlin, Germany when he was a teenager, as a Jew. After he saw the rise of Nazism, he then flee to Paris, where he changed his name and became a photojournalist.
He became romantically involved with Gerda Taro, a German-Jewish photographer who had also moved to Paris for the same reasons he did. He shared a darkroom with French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, with whom he would later co-found the Magnum Photos cooperative.
Robert Capa on assignment in Spain, using a Filmo 16mm movie camera. Image by Gerda Taro
Robert Capa was the only photographer landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He documented the course of World War II in London, North Africa, Italy, and the liberation of Paris. Besides, he also photoed Spanish Civil War and Chinese resistance to Japanese invasion.
He shot close up photos of a few people which express the emotional impact of the whole. He was impassioned, and therefore his photos always had a certain bias, but it was a humane bias. He hated war, never glorified it, and never saw himself as heroic.
On D-Day, 1944, he landed in the second wave on Omaha Beach. The soldiers, pinned down by unexpectedly heavy fire, sought shelter wherever they could. Capa, crouching with them, snapped pictures of the incoming troops.
In 1947, for his work recording World War II in pictures, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower awarded Capa the Medal of Freedom. That same year, Capa co-founded Magnum Photos in Paris. The organization was the first cooperative agency for worldwide freelance photographers. Hungary has issued a stamp and a gold coin in his honor.
I like his work because the pictures show emotions, and the pictures are really valuable because he took them in dangerous situations. I admire his spirit of the love of his job, and that's the reason I chose this great photographer, Robert Capa.