Robert Capa is renowned for his extensive coverage of war and conflict during his relatively short photographic life, including the Spanish Civil War, the Normandy landings of World War II, the Israeli War of Independence, the French- Indochina War and the Japanese invasion of China, a scene from which is pictured here in 1938, in Hankou, Hubei.

For a war correspondent to miss an invasion is like refusing a date with Lana Turner.

Robert Capa
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Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson made their first forays in China in the 1930s and '40s, respectively. Since then, Magnum’s global roster of photographers has made in-depth visual investigations, resulting in a vast Chinese archive that documents the country and its people, as well as the changes they have witnessed over the last nine decades.
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.
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