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Robert Capa’s photographs of the Spanish Civil War show the Republican resistance through moments of profound warmth, sorrow and intimacy. Alongside these empathatic portraits, his pictures reveal the devastation of modern warfare – the ruined buildings, injured soldiers and fleeing refugees – that together amount to a poignant reminder of the human and physical consequences of this cruel and bloody war. Here, soldiers salute during the farewell ceremony for the International Brigades in 1938.

It's not always easy to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the sufferings around one.

Robert Capa
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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

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