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Blood & Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa: The Life of Robert Capa (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Kershaw

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"It does seem to me that Capa has proved beyond all doubt that the camera need not be a cold mechanical device" John Steinbeck wrote of photojournalist Robert Capa in a quote that launches Blood and Champagne, a well-written, exhaustively researched biography. "Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart." That's quite a compliment coming from an author of Steinbeck's calibre, but then Capa won the respect and friendship of some of the brightest talents of his generation; other admirers and poker buddies included Ernest Hemingway and John Huston, and among his many loves was actress Ingrid Bergman. Capa won fame slogging through the blood and grime to capture vivid images of five different wars, from the Spanish Civil War (where he wasn't above staging some of his photographs), through the landings at Omaha Beach on D-Day (which he chronicled for Life magazine as the only journalist to wade ashore with the first wave of G.I.s), to the early days of the Vietnam conflict (where he was killed in action at the age of 41 while covering the French army, soon to be replaced with disastrous results by the Americans).

Another great writer, John Hersey, famously dubbed the swarthy chain-smoking photographer "the Man Who Invented Himself", and author Alex Kershaw contends that one of his greatest achievements was the legend that he created for himself. A California journalist who contributes to The Guardian and The Sunday Times Magazine, among others, Kershaw brings Capa and his times to life with bright, vivid writing and telling anecdotes, using a fascinating personal odyssey to put the man's professional accomplishments in to perspective. "Capa was the first photographer to make photojournalism appear glamorous and sexy", he writes. Of course, that distinction and all others take a back seat to the photos themselves, and this book's only shortcoming is that it does not include any examples of the great man's work. --Jim DeRogatis, Amazon.com

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"It does seem to me that Capa has proved beyond all doubt that the camera need not be a cold mechanical device" John Steinbeck wrote of photojournalist Robert Capa in a quote that launches Blood and Champagne, a well-written, exhaustively researched biography. "Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart." That's quite a compliment coming from an author of Steinbeck's calibre, but then Capa won the respect and friendship of some of the brightest talents of his generation; other admirers and poker buddies included Ernest Hemingway and John Huston, and among his many loves was actress Ingrid Bergman. Capa won fame slogging through the blood and grime to capture vivid images of five different wars, from the Spanish Civil War (where he wasn't above staging some of his photographs), through the landings at Omaha Beach on D-Day (which he chronicled for Life magazine as the only journalist to wade ashore with the first wave of G.I.s), to the early days of the Vietnam conflict (where he was killed in action at the age of 41 while covering the French army, soon to be replaced with disastrous results by the Americans).

Another great writer, John Hersey, famously dubbed the swarthy chain-smoking photographer "the Man Who Invented Himself", and author Alex Kershaw contends that one of his greatest achievements was the legend that he created for himself. A California journalist who contributes to The Guardian and The Sunday Times Magazine, among others, Kershaw brings Capa and his times to life with bright, vivid writing and telling anecdotes, using a fascinating personal odyssey to put the man's professional accomplishments in to perspective. "Capa was the first photographer to make photojournalism appear glamorous and sexy", he writes. Of course, that distinction and all others take a back seat to the photos themselves, and this book's only shortcoming is that it does not include any examples of the great man's work. --Jim DeRogatis, Amazon.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1623 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pan; Auflage: New edition (31. Mai 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0085MNUDE
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you're pictures aren't good enough . . . 23. November 2010
Von Photoman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This seems to be a thoroughly researched book. All that is missing are the photographs taken by the subject - Robert Capa. Magnum and the late Cornell Capa did not allow Alex Kershaw to use them as they felt this was an UN-authorized bio. My question is: How MUCH better would an authorized bio be?? The writer goes back to Capa's first girl friend, his living conditions as a child, his parents' origins, plus anecdotes and qoutes from co-workers and friends. The life and death of the love of his life is also covered. I was throughly engrossed in the story of one of photography's greatest shooters and the changing times inwhich he lived. The addition of personal papers would have been good as well, but as I seem to recall, Kershaw writes that Capa was not a great writer, so perhaps he left little written record. Nonetheless, the record is the photography Capa left behind. I'm sure there are many websites and sources people can go to if they wish to see the work of this man. Not as a plug, but, The International Center of Photography in New York City might be a good place to start.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The 20th Century's greatest photojournalist 18. Mai 2003
Von Penguin Egg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The life of Robert Capa is fascinating. Born in Budapest in 1913, he was to die forty years later in Vietnam after establishing himself as one of the great photojournalists of the 20th Century. He captured on film some of the most memorable pictures in the Spanish Civil War, including the iconic "The Falling Soldier." A shameless propagandist for the Republican cause, he thought nothing of having combatants "pose" for some of his most dramatic pictures - including, many think, "The Falling Soldier." Did the republican soldier fall because he was shot or because he tripped? Was it posed? The jury is still out on that one. A Jew at a time when anti-Semitism was rife in Europe, he became a committed anti-fascist and socialist. He established the photographers' co-operative, Magnum, in order that photographers had control over their own photographs and earnings. This was not so different to the kibbutzim established in Israel by highly idealistic settlers whom he so admired. Needless to say, Capa was there to record the birth of the fledgling state of Israel in 1948 and caught on film that nation's birth pains as it battled with its Arab neighbours. War was his medium, even though he hated it. He went over in a landing craft to photograph the D-Day landings and produced some of the most memorable pictures of battle ever taken. This was despite that most of the pictures were ruined during the rushed processing in London and some of those that survived are out of focus.
Capa was talented, generous, humorous, and charismatic. An inveterate gambler, he played poker with the likes of John Huston and Ernest Hemmingway, and inevitably lost. Like most people who don't care about money, money problems plagued him. Highly sexed, he counted some of the most beautiful women of the age amongst his lovers, including Ingrid Bergman. When lovers were not immediately available, he contended himself with prostitutes. Loving and loved in return, he was too much of a bohemian to commit himself to a permanent relationship. He could have been rich, but he never was. He could have happily married, but he never did.
Capa's luck ran out when he went to Vietnam in 1953 to cover the war between the French and the Vietnamese and trod on a landmine.
Alex Kershaw deserves credit for writing such a meticulously researched and readable biography.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wine, Women and War With Capa 28. September 2014
Von Jean Gross - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Reading recently "Hotel Florida" about the war in Spain in the late 1930s as told through Robert Capa's eyes (and five others' eyes ) impelled me to know more about Capa. Hence, I picked up this biography. Capa was a self- made photo journalist, bon vivant and brave person working in his field throughout almost every war from the nineteen thirties through the nineteen fifties.

We learn about Capa's breakneck life. We learn about his great points and not so great points, which almost "everyone" forgave him for. He lived life for himself --drinking, sleeping around and making himself into a famous war photographer simultaneously. How he did this, formed a long lasting business and charmed the ladies ( including Ingrid Bergman) is the subject of this biography that uncovers the horrors of war while not being totally depressing. This is a credit to the biographer, Kershaw, and to Capa--a man's man and, actually, a nice guy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AMAZING! 30. März 2011
Von SLester - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is absolutely amazing! I had always wondered about Robert Capa growing up. Who was he? Where was he from? Why is his name on all of the D-Day picture credits on those bury pictures? Alex Kershaw does a masterful job of telling the life story of such an interesting man. So many gifts in life and privileges that he left behind to follow his passion of photography. The many wars he covered and the life he lived are much alike in times of peace and in times of war as his life was a roller coaster of emotions and experiences that eventually led to his death. If you are interested in Robert Capa, photography, or in Alex Kershaw as a writer, this is a must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A real life tear jerker. Reads like a novel. I loved it! 13. Februar 2006
Von Sophie Sams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I loved this book. It actually made me cry. I had no idea that Robert Capa had an affair with Ingrid Bergman (among others!) and it is brilliantly told. I have read a few of Alex Kershaw's books and the thing I really love about them is that they tell true stories in an exciting way. They really do read like novels -- rather than the usual stuffy, worthy bios that get written that only an obsessive fan of the subject could be bothered to wade through. Deserves to be made into a movie.
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