Robert Capa China photos discovery

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Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

New Robert Capa photos discovered

Added: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 10:53

The [Dutch] Rijksmuseum has published a book of unknown photographs by American war photographer Robert Capa. The photos were made when Capa went to China with the Dutch filmmakers Joris Ivens and John Fernhout to report the Second Sino-Japanese War.

The three met when in the nineteen thirties they reported on the civil war in Spain, where Capa made maybe his most famous photograph, of a falling soldier at the moment of his death.

When 24-year-old Capa lost his girlfriend in 1937, Capa, Ivens invited him to come along to China, where he wanted to make a documentary about the struggles of China against Japan.

War journalism

Capa shot a lot of material. Although many pictures were used in the international press, not everything was published. Historian Rixt Bosma discovered thirty unknown photographs during an investigation into the journey of Ivens. They form the basis for the book “Photography Meets Film, Capa, Ivens and Fernhout in China, 1938”.

The photos at the end of the journey were taken home by Fernhout as souvenirs; his estate passed them on to Dutch archives. Apart from scenes of conflict, these photographs also picture war journalism in the nineteen thirties, as Capa often photographed his companions.

Land mine

Capa would continue to report on conflicts worldwide. He was the only photographer who dared to go with the first wave on D-Day [in 1944]. In 1947, he founded the renowned photo agency Magnum. In 1954, he died when he stepped on a landmine in Vietnam.

Documentaries tell us who we are, what our world is about, and give us the truth. But more and more these filmmakers find themselves, especially in the US, attacked by layer upon layer of lawsuits funded by corporations with deep pockets: here.

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4 thoughts on “Robert Capa China photos discovery

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  2. The photos of Robert Capa are very interesting for me! Especially the photos about the Civil War in Spain. I know also that in russian achives there are some thousends photos from Robert Capa.
    In the summer 2012 i`ll be in Holland for one month and I`ll go again in the Rijksmuseum!
    Thank`s for information!


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