Chronology

 
1913 Born, Budapest
   
1913 Robert Capa was born Andre Friedman, a Jew from Budapest.
   
1931 Studied political science at the Deutsche Hochschule fur Politik in Berlin. At the same time he was working part-time in the lab of the Ullstein magazines group to whom he sold his first published picture of Leon Trotsky's 1931 Copenhagen meeting.
   
1933 Driven out of the country by the beginnings of the Nazi regime, Capa settled in Paris.
   
1933 In Paris he participated in the beginnings of the agency Alliance Photo and met the journalist and photographer, Gerda Taro. Together they invented the "famous" American photographer Robert Capa and sold his prints under that name. He met many artists, among them Picasso and Hemingway, and began friendships with colleagues that would be essential in the creation of Magnum, such as David "Chim" Seymour and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
   
1936 Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly in Vu, Regards, Ce Soir, Weekly Illustrated and Life. His 1936 picture of the Loyalist soldier falling to his death brought him international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. In Spain, Capa also shot newsreels for March of Time, Time-Life's film department.
   
1939 After his companion Gerda Taro was killed in Spain, Capa traveled to China (1938). Shortly after this trip he immigrated to New York in 1939.
   
1939 From 1939-1945, Capa photographed World War II (most famously the landing of the American troops in Omaha Beach, the Liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge)as a Life and Collier's correspondent in Europe.
   
1947 Capa founded Magnum Photos, in conjunction with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert.
   
1948 Traveled to Russia with John Steinbeck, and from 1948-1950 to Israel with Irwin Shaw, completing the first of a number of stories for Holiday.
   
1951 Capa became the president of Magnum and initiated several group projects involving all his colleagues.
   
1954 Robert Capa died on May 25, 1954, in Thai-Binh, Indochina, after stepping on a land mine while photographing for Life. He was awarded the War Cross with Palm by the French army.
   
1955 The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award was established in 1955 to reward exceptional professional merit.
   
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Bibliography

Slightly out of Focus. Text and photographs by Robert Capa. Text by Richard Whelan and Cornell Cap. New York, 1999 (photo-eye Cat# RH062)
 
Heart Of Spain. Robert Capa's Photographs of the Spanish Civil War. Photographs by Robert Capa. New York, 1998 (photo-eye Cat# AP379)
 
Robert Capa Photographs. Photographs by Robert Capa. Text by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell Capa, an. New York, 1996 (photo-eye Cat# AP351)
 
Robert Capa: A Biography. Text by Richard Whelan. Photographs by Robert Capa. Lincoln, 1994 (photo-eye Cat# ZB232)
 
Robert Capa: Photographs from Israel. Photographs by Robert Capa. Tel Aviv, 1988 (photo-eye Cat# ID419)
 
Photo Poche 36: Robert Capa. Photographs by Robert Capa. Introduction by Jean Lacouture. Paris, 1988 (photo-eye Cat# ID130)
 
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Education

 
1931 - 1933 Deutsch Hochschule fur Politik in Berlin, political science
 
1931 Ullstein magazines group
 






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