The Years After Robert Capa's Death
A complete Robert Capa biography may be impossible to write, as the man lived a very chaotic life. Robert Capa never married, but did have several loves throughout his life such as Gerda Taro, Elaine Justin, and Ingrid Bergman. His candid action shots and haunting scenery images helped define war photography as we know it today, and he even helped to form Magnum Photos, alongside French photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson. He also published several books including This is War.
In 1966, the Overseas Press Club created an award in Robert Capa’s honor, called the Robert Capa Gold Medal. It is awarded to photojournalist with exceptional courage providing the best published photographic reporting annually.
In 1995, three suitcases turned up in Mexico City containing thousands of Robert Capa negatives taken during World War II and presumably lost. It is not clear how the negatives made it to Mexico City, as they were presumed lost in Paris in 1939. They have since been returned to the Capa estate.
While the Robert Capa biography may have been cut short at the age of 41, his legacy continues to live on. Magnum Photos and the Robert Capa Gold Medal carry on his name, while professional and amateur photojournalists look to his work for inspiration and motivation. His style and stark pictures brought war into new light, and forced the world out of naivety.