Robert Capa

Hungarian, 1913–1954

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Robert Capa

Hungarian, 1913–1954

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An unparalleled war photographer of the 20th century, Robert Capa chronicled the Spanish Civil War and cemented the visuals of WWII into the collective memory with his visceral images of the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach. His most famous photograph, Death of a Loyalist Militiaman (1936), depicts a Spanish soldier on the Córdoba front in mid-collapse from a fatal gunshot. During peaceful interludes, Capa produced portraits of leading cultural figures, including Pablo Picasso and John Steinbeck. A co-founder of Magnum Photos along with Henri Cartier-Bresson and others, Capa died when he stepped on a landmine while on assignment for Time-Life in French Indochina. He would inspire future generations of war photographers with his rule, “if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

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Jeu de Paume, and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Biography

An unparalleled war photographer of the 20th century, Robert Capa chronicled the Spanish Civil War and cemented the visuals of WWII into the collective memory with his visceral images of the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach. His most famous photograph, Death of a Loyalist Militiaman (1936), depicts a Spanish soldier on the Córdoba front in mid-collapse from a fatal gunshot. During peaceful interludes, Capa produced portraits of leading cultural figures, including Pablo Picasso and John Steinbeck. A co-founder of Magnum Photos along with Henri Cartier-Bresson and others, Capa died when he stepped on a landmine while on assignment for Time-Life in French Indochina. He would inspire future generations of war photographers with his rule, “if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Jeu de Paume, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Robert Capa
6 Films Inspired by Famous Photographs, from “Moonlight” to “Her”
Jul 15th, 2019
Photographer Robert Capa Risked It All to Capture D-Day—then Nearly All His Images Were Lost
Jun 6th, 2018
The Stories behind the 10 Most Iconic Photos from Magnum’s 70-Year History
Jul 18th, 2017
A History of Magnum Photos in Ten Photographers
Jan 21st, 2014
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