Blood and champagne : the life and times of Robert Capa

by Kershaw, Alex.

Format: Print Book 2003
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Robert Capa was arguably the finest photojournalist of the twentieth century and without doubt its greatest combat photographer-he covered every major conflict from the Spanish Civil War to the beginnings of Vietnam. An inveterate gambler who coined the dictum "if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," Capa risked his life again and again, most dramatically as the only photographer landing with the first wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and he created some of the most enduring images ever made with a camera.
But the drama in Capa's life wasn't limited to one side of the lens. Born in Budapest as Andre Freidman, Capa fled political repression and anti-Semitism as a teenager by escaping to Berlin, where he first picked up a Leica and then witnessed the rise of Hitler. By the time his images of D-Day appeared in "Life Magazine," he had become a legend, the first photographer to make his calling appear glamorous and sexy, and the model for many of the most intrepid photographers to this day. In 1947, after a decade covering war, he founded a cooperative agency-Magnum-and in the process revolutionized the industry. For the first time, photographers would retain their own copyrights and negatives, and nearly half a century later, Magnum remains the most prestigious agency of its kind.
By the time he died, at just forty-one in 1954, Capa was not only the greatest adventurer in photographic history. He had become a colleague and confidant to writers Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway and director John Huston, and a seducer of several of his era's most alluring icons, including Ingrid Bergman.
From Budapest in the twenties to Paris in the thirties, from post-war Hollywood to Stalin's Russia, and from New York in the fifties to Indochina, "Blood and Champagne" is a wonderfully evocative account of Capa's life and times. Based on extensive interviews with Capa's friends and contemporaries, as well as FBI and Soviet files and other previously unpublished materials, Alex Kershaw's biography is every bit as compelling as its charismatic subject.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "War photographer Robert Capa's work remains unquestionably the most evocative photographic record of the most turbulent years of the twentieth century, writes Kershaw in this gripping, nearly feverish, first-ever biography of a man of valor and irresistible zest and charm. Kershaw covers every aspect of Capa's fast, enormously influential, and rightfully legendary life, from his transformation from Andre Friedmann, a Hungarian Jew, into intrepid, self-taught photographer Robert Capa in Berlin during the 1930s. A passionate womanizer and gambler, heavy drinker, and all-around good-time guy, Capa could never stay still. And because he risked his life to document the inconceivable carnage of modern warfare, his life story is tightly woven into vivid accounts of the most hellish battles of World War II and Israel's war for independence. Capa also founded Magnum, the renowned photographers' agency, and partied with fellow travelers Hemingway, Ernie Pyle, Steinbeck, and many beautiful women, including Ingrid Bergman. Handsome, voracious, and compassionate, Capa documented the worst and best of life until death found him in Indochina in 1954. Kershaw's riveting chronicle reveals just how profoundly Capa was a man of his catastrophic times, and how crucial his indelible photographs are to our understanding of this tragic legacy. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2003 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Robert Capa was the archetype of the intrepid war photographer. Asserting that "if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," Capa braved combat in the Spanish Civil War, hit Omaha Beach in the first wave on D-Day, and jumped behind German lines with American paratroopers, returning with visceral pictures-like the famous (and possibly staged) "falling soldier" photo of a Spanish Republican militiaman who had just been shot-that defined our idea of what modern war looks like. "Profligate, passionate, impulsive," Capa was a ladies' man who liked nice togs, hobnobbed with the rich and famous, got caught up in anti-Fascist and Popular Front politics, and played poker compulsively when he was not risking his life in combat-in other words, he practically invented the persona of the celebrity photojournalist. He also co-founded the pioneering Magnum photo agency, which gave freelance photographers ownership and control of their photos. Journalist Kershaw gives an engrossing account of Capa's impossibly romantic life, elegantly evoking both the horror of the front lines and the glamour of wartime Madrid, London and Paris, where Capa befriended the likes of Ernest Hemingway and romanced the likes of Ingrid Bergman. Packed with arresting anecdotes and character studies, Kershaw's biography is a worthy companion to Capa's work. Photos. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Capa, Robert, -- 1913-1954.
Photojournalists -- United States -- Biography.
War photographers -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Thomas Dunne Books,2003
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Notes Originally published: London : Macmillan, 2002.
Description xix, 298 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-289) and index.
ISBN 0312315643
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