A Memorable Expierence In Photograpy, the works of Robert Capa

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A Memorable Experience in Photography

To experience photography, one must have a certain style of

photographs to really appreciate or admire. Photographs are picturesque

images and views that really catch the interest of the photographer.

For me to experience and admire photography, it took me only one

photographer to really appreciate the power it has his name is Robert

Capa. Robert grew up in Hungary he experienced the political unrest and

turmoil. He lived under the oppression of Horthy and knew the kind of

anarchy that constitutes war(Images of War 8).

Robert's work represented 3 categories:

1. Images of battle.

2. Images of the effects of war.

3. Images of calamity(Photographs,Introduction).

His work also had a swift understanding and sympathy for the people

who suffer from being caught in war. This type of suffering made it

impossible for him to ignore the events which affected their

lives(Images of War 9).

Robert's belief on photography is 'If your

pictures are not good enough, your not close enough'(Photographs


Robert's breakthrough in the field of photography came during the

Spanish Civil War. His most famous picture was a snapshot of a

courageous man in the act of falling(Capa18). His own special talents

and course of world happenings, led him into a role as a professional

photographer of war(Images of War20). To really admire and understand

Capa, you must have a fascination for dramatic and emotional pictures of

war. There probably has been thousands who admire the work he does.

Well you can include me in that group of thousands. Capa puts into

perspective in just one photograph, something my grandfather will never

forget. The Bombing of Pearl Harbor. The photograph that brings back

these memories is taken somewhere in Europe during World War II. It's a

photograph that has the air...