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Robert Capa

Robert Capa (1913-1954) was born Andre Friedmann in Budapest. He studied political science at the Deutsche Hochschule für Politik in Berlin. Later settling in Paris in 1933, after being driven out of the country by the threat of a Nazi regime. In 1938 Picture Post published a spread of 26 photographs taken during the Spanish Civil War and his images became a powerful symbol of war. In 1947 Capa founded Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger, and William Vandivert. He was killed on May 25, 1954 after stepping on a landmine while photographing for Life in Thai-Binh, Indochina. The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award was established in 1955 to reward exceptional professional merit.

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