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Death in the Making

Documentary photographer Robert Capa captures the suffering and horror of the Spanish Civil War

Robert Capa

Robert Capa | Death In The Making Republican soldiers during an attack. Santa Eulalia, Spain. 1936.

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Robert Capa | Death In The Making Members of the International Brigades, engaged in a house to house fight around the slaughterhouse, near the university campus, in the western outskirts of the capital. The Fascist rebels were moun (...)
Robert Capa | Death In The Making A member of the Brigade is helping a wounded comrade. The Fascist rebels were mounting a major offensive in order to capture Madrid Spain. Spain1936.Robert Capa © International Center of Photog (...)
Robert Capa | Death In The Making Members of the International Brigades. Madrid, Spain. 1936.

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Robert Capa | Death In The Making A young member of the International Brigades. Madrid, Spain. 1936. Robert Capa © International Center of Photography. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Robert Capa | Death In The Making Bidding farewell before the departure of a military train directed to the Aragon front. Barcelona, Spain. August, 1936.

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Robert Capa | Death In The Making Members of the International Brigades in room. Madrid, Spain.1936.

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Robert Capa | Death In The Making Republican soldiers. Madrid, Spain.1936.

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Robert Capa | Death In The Making After the Italo-German air raids. The Nationalist offensive on Madrid, which lasted from November 1936 to February 1937, was one of the fiercest of the Civil War. During this period Italy and Germa (...)
Robert Capa | Death In The Making People get ready to leave the city after the Italo-German air raids. The Nationalist offensive on Madrid, which lasted from November 1936 to February 1937, was one of the fiercest of the Civil War. (...)
Robert Capa | Death In The Making After an Italo-German air raid. The Nationalist offensive on Madrid, which lasted from November 1936 to February 1937, was one of the fiercest of the Civil War. During this period Italy and Germany (...)
Robert Capa | Death In The Making Basque region. Italo-German air raids were so frequent that many people spent all day near the shelters. Bilbao, Spain. May, 1937.

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Robert Capa | Death In The Making Basque region. Running for shelter during the air raids. Bilbao, Spain. May, 1937.

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Gerda Taro © International Center of Photography | Death In The Making Air raid victims in the morgue. Valencia, Spain. May, 1937. © Gerda Taro © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

Death in the Making was the first book by Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, the pseudonyms for André Friedmann and Gerta Pohorylle, two young photographers with a shared passion for adventure and photojournalism.

Cementing Capa’s and Taro’s reputation as two of the world’s most daring and highly regarded photographers, the book is almost an autobiographical account of their combined experience of the Spanish Civil War. Along with Capa’s journal-like entries, the book features images of jubilant victories and everyday occurrences blended with Taro’s action-packed pictures of the conflict on the frontline. It is through the couple’s unique vision and extensive coverage that one is able to catch a glimpse of what life was like during the war, whether from the perspective of a fleeing housewife during a bomb raid, or down the barrel of a gun of an advancing soldier.

Taro, who in loyalist circles became known as “La pequeña rubia (the small blonde), very quickly acquired a reputation as a daring and unflinching photographer who was not afraid to tail a frontline skirmish. Documenting and distributing the loyalist plight, the 26-year-old was a welcome addition to any party heading into battle.

Death in the Making was released by Capa in 1938, before the Civil War had come to a close, and is wholly dedicated to Taro, who lost her life whilst following a group of loyalists in Brunete with Canadian writer Ted Allan. She is widely believed to be the first female photojournalist to have lost her life in a conflict.