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Robert Capa: Death in the Making

Introduction by Jay Allen. Text by Robert Capa, Cynthia Young. Photographs by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, David Chim Seymour.

Featured image, of Republican soldiers lying on the
ground aiming rifles, Aragón front, Spain, August 1936, is reproduced from 'Robert Capa: Death in the Making.'

Once a cult-status rarity, Capa’s classic, impassioned Spanish Civil War photobook is available again with new, high-quality image scans and supplementary research

Robert Capa’s Death in the Making was published in 1938 as a poignant tribute to the men and women, civilians and soldiers alike, fighting in Spain against Franco’s fascist insurrection. The book included only one year of images from the Republican position, but covered the spectrum of emotions of a civil war, from the initial excitement to the more harrowing realities of modern warfare. But over time, after World War II and rising anti-communist paranoia in the United States, association with the Spanish Civil War was a liability and the book became obscured. Today, however, Death in the Making has reached cult status, not least because copies are hard to find (particularly ones with Capa’s famous Falling Soldier image on the dust jacket), but also for its passionate call to defend democracy.

With new scans of all the images, this remastered facsimile of the original edition reproduces the original layout by photographer André Kertész, the original caption text by Capa and preface by writer Jay Allen. The muddy 1938 publication is entirely transformed by high-quality printing to reflect the beauty and pathos of the original intention. This edition also includes a new essay with new research on the making and the reception of the original book, and a complete checklist identifying the author, location and date of each image. The most important new information is that Robert Capa and Gerda Taro are not the only photographers in the book, but also included was work by their good friend and colleague Chim, later known as David Seymour.

Robert Capa is one of the most well-known photojournalists of the twentieth century. Born Endre Ernö Friedmann (Budapest, Hungary, October 22, 1913–Thai-Binh, Indochina, May 25, 1954) to a Jewish family of tailors, he studied in Berlin, then fled to Paris in 1933. Quickly gaining an international reputation for his photographs of the Spanish Civil War, he later escaped to New York in 1939. He covered World War II as an Allied photographer, cofounded Magnum Photos in 1947 (with Chim, among others), and made several books based on his photographs of travel in Europe, the USSR, and Israel. He died after stepping on a landmine in 1954.

Gerda Taro was one of the first women to be recognized as a photojournalist, and the first to be killed while reporting on war. Born Gerta Pohorylle in Stuttgart, Germany (August 1, 1910–Brunete, Spain, July 26, 1937) and raised in Leipzig in a middle-class Jewish family, she fled to Paris in 1933. She traveled back and forth from Paris to Spain for the first year of the Spanish Civil War, and while covering the battle of Brunete, she was struck by a tank and died.

Chim, born Dawid Szymin (Warsaw, Poland, November 20, 1911–Suez, Egypt, November 10, 1956), arrived in Paris in 1932 and within two years was a regular contributor to Regards with his photographs of the Popular Front. He covered the entirety of the Spanish Civil War and escaped France in 1939 for New York. He returned to Europe in 1947 and established himself as a foreign correspondent with the byline David Seymour. In 1956 he was killed while covering the Suez Crisis.


Featured image, of Republican soldiers lying on the ground aiming rifles, Aragón front, Spain, August 1936, is reproduced from 'Robert Capa: Death in the Making.'

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/2/2020

Virtual Event: ICP and Damiani Books present Cynthia Young launching 'Robert Capa: Death in the Making'

Virtual Event: ICP and Damiani Books present Cynthia Young launching 'Robert Capa: Death in the Making'

Wednesday, October 28, from 7–8 PM, ICP and Damiani Books present Cynthia Young, curator and author of the republication of Robert Capa: Death in the Making, for an evening celebrating the launch of the expanded edition of Capa’s classic photobook documenting the Spanish Civil War. Buy tickets here and scroll down for instructions to join the Zoom meeting.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/28/2020

In 'Robert Capa: Death in the Making,' a refusal to consent to tyrants

In 'Robert Capa: Death in the Making,' a refusal to consent to tyrants

Featured image, of Republican troops departing for the Aragón front of the Spanish Civil War, August 1936, is reproduced from Death in the Making, Damiani and ICP's beautiful new facsimile edition of Robert Capa's 1939 photobook. The writing scrawled on the side of the train, just about to leave from Barcelona, reads, "UHP (Unión de Hermanos Proletarios; Union of Proletarian Brothers) swear on these letters before you die brothers rather than consent to tyrants.” Collecting Capa, Gerda Taro and David "Chim" Seymour's photojournalistic pictures of civilians and soldiers rising up against General Francisco Franco’s fascist insurrection against Spain’s democratically elected government in the 1930s, this volume is printed from gorgeous new scans of all the photographs in the original edition. It faithfully reproduces the original captions by Capa, preface by Jay Allen and layout by photographer André Kertész, and also includes a new afterword by ICP curator (and curator of the Robert Capa Archive at ICP), Cynthia Young. continue to blog


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Robert Capa: Death in the Making

ROBERT CAPA: DEATH IN THE MAKING

Introduction by Jay Allen. Text by Robert Capa, Cynthia Young. Photographs by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, David Chim Seymour.

DAMIANI/ICP

ISBN: 9788862087179
USD $45.00
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Pub Date: 10/13/2020
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Robert Capa

ROBERT CAPA

Text by Richard Whelan.

SILVANA EDITORIALE

ISBN: 9788836622887
USD $49.95
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Pub Date: 10/31/2012
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