Description

Ernest Hemingway and Robert Capa became friends during the Spanish Civil War. They first met in Madrid in the Spring of 1937 when Hemingway was 37 and Capa was 23. Hemingway was working as a correspondent for the N. American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), for which he filed dispatches and their friendship grew over the years. Here, Hemingway is pictured in Sun Valley, Idaho, with his son Gregory during a hunting trip at his lodge, in 1941.

If you call yourself an artist, you won't get anything published. Call yourself a photojournalist, and then you can do whatever you want.

Robert Capa
© Robert Capa | Magnum Photos

Born Andre Friedmann to Jewish parents in Budapest in 1913, Robert Capa studied political science at the Deutsche Hochschule für Politik in Berlin. Driven out of the country by the threat of a Nazi regime, he settled in Paris in 1933. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed during the Spanish Civil War, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later.

Often referred to as the ‘greatest war photographer’, Capa documentation of the Second World War—including the landing of American troops on Omaha Beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge—have become genre-defining. In 1947, Capa founded Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert. On 25 May 1954, he was photographing for Life in Thai-Binh, Indochina, when he stepped on a landmine and was killed.

© Robert Capa | Magnum Photos

Get Magnum news and updates directly to your inbox

Stay in touch
Stay up to date every Thursday with Magnum photographers’ activities, new work, stories published on the Magnum website, and the latest offerings from our shop.
Be the first to know about recent Magnum Shop drops. From new books and limited editions, to special offers, you can find it all on the weekly Magnum Shop newsletter.
Get fortnightly tips and advice articles, find out about the latest workshops, free online events and on-demand courses.
Learn about online and offline exhibitions, photography fairs, gallery events, plus fine print news and activities, on a monthly basis.
Know when our quarterly 7-day square print sale is coming.
Monthly updates on the latest assignments, photographer projects and collaborations with brands.