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-If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough. --Robert Capa Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography is a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish: to be an unemployed war photographer. -It is not always easy- he said, -to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the suffe -If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough. --Robert Capa Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography is a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish: to be an unemployed war photographer. -It is not always easy- he said, -to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the suffering.- Born in 1913 to a Jewish family in Budapest, Endre Friedmann left home at 18 for Germany where he studied journalism and political science and worked in a photo agency darkroom. In 1933, Friedmann went to Paris where he shared a darkroom with Henri Cartier-Bresson and lived with Gerda Taro, also a photographer. Together they contrived the name and image -Robert Capa, famous American photographer-. Capa made several trips to document the Spanish Civil War, where he took the seminal image, -Death of a Loyalist Soldier- for which he was heralded as -the greatest war photographer in the world-. By the start of World War II, Capa was in New York freelancing for LIFE, Time, and other publications. He went abroad with the US army to record Allied involvement in WWII, including D-Day on Omaha beach. Disembarking from a landing boat, he took the only images of the invasion. He went on to cover the war in Leipzig, Nuremberg, Berlin, London and Paris. Even now, it is the D-Day images that marked him as the world's greatest war photographer. Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography, written in the first person, follows his personal and professional life and through his eyes, the social upheaval and earth-shattering wars of the 20th century. It shows his intimate life and his relationships with the day's larger-than-life personalities: Ingrid Bergman, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and many others. Sepia watercolors wash the book in the fog of war and recall Capa's generation on the cusp of color film. They show his professional work, his personal battles, his victories and struggles, and his legacy: the founding of the Magnum, a cooperative photo agency which gives photographers control of their work. In 1954, having sworn off war photography but in need of money, he left to cover his fifth war, in Indochina. Driven by his conviction that -if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough, - he was with a French patrol when he stepped on a landmine and was killed, camera in hand.


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-If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough. --Robert Capa Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography is a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish: to be an unemployed war photographer. -It is not always easy- he said, -to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the suffe -If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough. --Robert Capa Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography is a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish: to be an unemployed war photographer. -It is not always easy- he said, -to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the suffering.- Born in 1913 to a Jewish family in Budapest, Endre Friedmann left home at 18 for Germany where he studied journalism and political science and worked in a photo agency darkroom. In 1933, Friedmann went to Paris where he shared a darkroom with Henri Cartier-Bresson and lived with Gerda Taro, also a photographer. Together they contrived the name and image -Robert Capa, famous American photographer-. Capa made several trips to document the Spanish Civil War, where he took the seminal image, -Death of a Loyalist Soldier- for which he was heralded as -the greatest war photographer in the world-. By the start of World War II, Capa was in New York freelancing for LIFE, Time, and other publications. He went abroad with the US army to record Allied involvement in WWII, including D-Day on Omaha beach. Disembarking from a landing boat, he took the only images of the invasion. He went on to cover the war in Leipzig, Nuremberg, Berlin, London and Paris. Even now, it is the D-Day images that marked him as the world's greatest war photographer. Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography, written in the first person, follows his personal and professional life and through his eyes, the social upheaval and earth-shattering wars of the 20th century. It shows his intimate life and his relationships with the day's larger-than-life personalities: Ingrid Bergman, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and many others. Sepia watercolors wash the book in the fog of war and recall Capa's generation on the cusp of color film. They show his professional work, his personal battles, his victories and struggles, and his legacy: the founding of the Magnum, a cooperative photo agency which gives photographers control of their work. In 1954, having sworn off war photography but in need of money, he left to cover his fifth war, in Indochina. Driven by his conviction that -if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough, - he was with a French patrol when he stepped on a landmine and was killed, camera in hand.

30 review for Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kamila Kunda

    I borrowed “Capa. De vallende ster” by Florent Silloray from the library as I wanted to read it in Dutch but didn’t want to buy it. For everyone learning a foreign language I always recommend starting reading with comics or graphic novels as it’s easier than tackling a novel. One makes progress fast and it is motivating. After 6-10 months of studying a Western European language everyone should be able to read a graphic novel in that language without any problems (Slavic languages are more diffic I borrowed “Capa. De vallende ster” by Florent Silloray from the library as I wanted to read it in Dutch but didn’t want to buy it. For everyone learning a foreign language I always recommend starting reading with comics or graphic novels as it’s easier than tackling a novel. One makes progress fast and it is motivating. After 6-10 months of studying a Western European language everyone should be able to read a graphic novel in that language without any problems (Slavic languages are more difficult and I have no idea how it works with Asian languages). The figure of Robert Capa, Hungarian-American war photographer, has interested me for a long time. I admired his work and found his life fascinating. The graphic biography, written in the first person, presents the most important events from his life, both professional and private. It shows his emotions and the state of heart pretty well - the grief after the death of the love of his life, war photographer Gerda Taro, in the Spanish Civil War, the thrill of being able to document various conflicts and wars in Europe and Asia, the despair when after moving to Los Angeles to be with Ingrid Bergman he realised how shallow and pretentious the culture there is and how dumb he felt living there, as well as the excitement of establishing the Magnum, the cooperative photo agency whose member photographers could keep the rights to their work. It ends, predictably, with Capa’s death; he stepped on a landmine when photographing French soldiers in Indochina in 1954, a victim to his own belief: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”, which many great photographers after him swore by as well. Overall, it’s a pretty decent book, relatively well told, and in my case ideal for practising Dutch (it is also published in many other languages).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bulent

    Çektiği ve neredeyse efsaneleşen fotoğraf kareleri yaşamının çok daha önüne geçmiş olan bir savaş fotoğrafçısı Capa. Öyle ki savaşın gerçek yüzünü, bütün çıplaklığı ile fotoğraf karelerine yansıtmayı başarmış. Bunu savaşın en ön cephesinde yağan kurşunların, seken şarapnellerin arasında fotoğraf çekmesine borçlu. Capa'nın yaşam hikayesini anlatan Silloray'in grafik romanı güzel bir trik ile süslü: Capa'nın çektiği ve çok bilinen fotoğraf karelerini, Capa'yı o kareleri çekerken gösterecek şekilde Çektiği ve neredeyse efsaneleşen fotoğraf kareleri yaşamının çok daha önüne geçmiş olan bir savaş fotoğrafçısı Capa. Öyle ki savaşın gerçek yüzünü, bütün çıplaklığı ile fotoğraf karelerine yansıtmayı başarmış. Bunu savaşın en ön cephesinde yağan kurşunların, seken şarapnellerin arasında fotoğraf çekmesine borçlu. Capa'nın yaşam hikayesini anlatan Silloray'in grafik romanı güzel bir trik ile süslü: Capa'nın çektiği ve çok bilinen fotoğraf karelerini, Capa'yı o kareleri çekerken gösterecek şekilde, bizim bildiğimiz cephenin tam aksinden çizmiş. Böylece hem bizim iyi bildiğimiz o kareleri gözler önüne sermiş, hem de Capa'yı o fotoğrafı çekerken gösterebilmiş. Böylece iyi bir belgesel gibi olmuş kitap. Kitabın orjinal boyutunu bilmiyorum ama metin ağırlıklı olduğu için Türkçe baskısı sanki biraz küçültülmüş gibi geldi bana. Belki de orjinali de öyledir, emin değilim. Ama her sayfası en az bir kitap sayfasına denk yazı içeren "yoğun" bir grafik roman olmuş. Türkçe çevirisi özenli, baskısı kaliteli. İçeriğinin etkileyiciliğini arttıran etkiler olarak bunları da saymak lazım.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Berrin Buyuksahin

    Fotoğrafseverler ve aslında herkes için magnum fotoğraf kurucularından Robert Capa nın hayatın ı anlatan harika bir çizgiroman... Sırtlan Kitapevi ne teşekkürler böylesine harika çalışmaları bize kazandırdığı için...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ekim

    Bu çizgi roman, okunması için yazılmış. Bilgi ve detaylar o kadar çok ve karmaşık ki, çizimlerin, renklendirmelerin tadına varamıyor insan.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex Kershaw

    great visuals and moving story

  6. 4 out of 5

    HL

    It has been a long time since I've read a graphic novel, and this one did not disappoint. I have been on a roll, reading several novels about and around World War II, and I appreciated the change in presentation for this one. Ultimately, I was stunned and delighted by a several things in this book: (1) Silloray's incredible artistry brought Capa's life and work into focus in a surprising and rich way: one visuals-based storyteller paying homage to another. Silloray's palette choices - a black-and It has been a long time since I've read a graphic novel, and this one did not disappoint. I have been on a roll, reading several novels about and around World War II, and I appreciated the change in presentation for this one. Ultimately, I was stunned and delighted by a several things in this book: (1) Silloray's incredible artistry brought Capa's life and work into focus in a surprising and rich way: one visuals-based storyteller paying homage to another. Silloray's palette choices - a black-and-white color scheme on brown background - felt true to the time period in which the story (Capa's adult life through his untimely death) takes place - almost as if you picked up an old-timey newspaper to read his biography. That choice alone only hinted at the careful thought and consideration that clearly went into the creation of this book. (2) While I'm familiar with Capa's work, I was stunned to see the intersection of some of the period's greatest artists - across the fine (painting: Matisse, Picasso), performing (Bergmann, Hitchcock), and written arts (Hemingway) - and how those relationships played out and criss-crossed so constantly throughout the Second World War. That is a perspective I had not sat down to really consider and review until now, and this book gave me pause to continue doing so. I will be looking into it further. (3) There is an understated but rich character study that Silloray takes on with his graphic novel - I encourage any reader to consider it and unpack it. Capa's great loves - both interpersonal and professionally - often clashed. His seeming addictions - whether to adrenaline, poker, or the bottle - and his relationship with the causes, tensions, and outright war (and death) he so often documented are on full display, and I believe a second and third reading of this book would really bring to the fore some of Silloray's true artistry in conveying it all. (4) Let's not forget the very real issue of photography - particularly photojournalism - as a business. There are parallels with the struggles today's journalists are facing, but there are also echoes of the very real challenges many photographers and photojournalists are now facing, and the commoditization of the images, and original works in general, here. To me, the depiction of LIFE's editors waiting for Capa's incredible D-Day photographs - hard- and miraculously won by Capa - plainly tell that story. The creation of Magnum was another great discovery in this book - and a good example of the issues of getting Capa's business "right" (if you can call it that). I could go on, but the bottom line is this book is a serious - and seriously good - work, and well worth the read for anyone interested in getting a fresh perspective on the well-traversed road of WWII storytelling, and the incredible life of a legendary photo journalist.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keith Gabel

    I loved this book. Although it is a graphic biography, that should not be taken to mean that it is a kids’ book. Silloray’s book is meant for anyone, teen and older, wanting to learn about the real-life adventurer, Robert Capa, but without being bogged down by several hundred pages of text. Silloray provides us with an in-depth character study of Capa in a format that reaches a wide audience, as it can be read to completion within an afternoon. While this may seem brief, the details of the man’s I loved this book. Although it is a graphic biography, that should not be taken to mean that it is a kids’ book. Silloray’s book is meant for anyone, teen and older, wanting to learn about the real-life adventurer, Robert Capa, but without being bogged down by several hundred pages of text. Silloray provides us with an in-depth character study of Capa in a format that reaches a wide audience, as it can be read to completion within an afternoon. While this may seem brief, the details of the man’s life are not glossed over. The combination of word and text are subtle and work together very well. Silloray’s choice of using the medium of graphic biography allowed by to connect emotionally to the Capa. Using well thought out choice of words and beautiful artwork, Capa comes to life for the reader. He shares with us his tragedies, successes, and failure; all made more dramatic through the image of his face or what was occurring around him at the time. I didn’t know who Capa was when I picked up this book. Now, I feel that I know the man and I am left impressed with all that he saw and did. He was a true adventurer, a witness to many of the great events and people from the time of the Spanish Civil War through the Indochina War. If you have an interest in graphic biographies or the history of this time, this is a good read. One you will not regret.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Fohl

    A short effective story. Capa’s death is moving. It’s cool how the artist placed Capa in the moments of some of his most famous photographes; showing the same instant from a second angle. They are mistranslating the Spanish nickname for Gerda, she is red headed. What I learned: Capa dated Ingrid Bergman.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gene

    What do Teddy Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, Alfred Hitchcock, Mrs. Chaing Kai-Shek, Ernest Hemmingway, Ingrid Bergman and John Huston all have in common? Their lives intersected with arguably the world's greatest wartime photograph, Robert Capa. The graphic biography of Mr. Capa by Florent Silloray provides a rich set of visual images of what was an extraordinary life of a Hungarian refugee who covered the Spanish Civil War, Chinese resistance to Japan, World War II, including photographing the D-D What do Teddy Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, Alfred Hitchcock, Mrs. Chaing Kai-Shek, Ernest Hemmingway, Ingrid Bergman and John Huston all have in common? Their lives intersected with arguably the world's greatest wartime photograph, Robert Capa. The graphic biography of Mr. Capa by Florent Silloray provides a rich set of visual images of what was an extraordinary life of a Hungarian refugee who covered the Spanish Civil War, Chinese resistance to Japan, World War II, including photographing the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach, the creation of Israel as a state, and the First Indochina war where he died at the age of 40. The detail in the illustrations transports the reader to the time and place of each event. A great read about someone who risked it all on four continents and dealt with a host of challenges that would have stopped most of us. Highly recommended!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Grayson

    A Graphic Biography of Robert Capa was a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish which was to be an unemployed war photographer. The author of this book, Florent Silloray. Florent studied fine arts in Nantes. Florent went many places throughout his life and should publish books based on art throughout. Florent,s interest in art is a good reason on why she made this biography book on such a talent. This book discusse A Graphic Biography of Robert Capa was a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish which was to be an unemployed war photographer. The author of this book, Florent Silloray. Florent studied fine arts in Nantes. Florent went many places throughout his life and should publish books based on art throughout. Florent,s interest in art is a good reason on why she made this biography book on such a talent. This book discusses the career of Robert Capa with pictures and thought bubbles. I believe it was a great book to easily teach you the life of Robert Capa who’s real name was Endre Friedman but was mostly known as Robert Capa. The biography displays Robert’s braveness going out into war running from fascism along with Spain while making a living with photography. I have this book three and a half stars because of how great of a display it was for Robert Capa’s life but also because fo how boring it was for me to read through it considering my lack of interest in the subject fo photography and art. In conclusion Florent did a great job with this book showing who Robert Capa was with a graphic biography.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A short biography (86 pg.) of perhaps the most famous war photographer ever in graphic novel form. Although born in Hungary, Endre Friedmann assumed the name Robert Capa in order to sound more American and get higher-paying jobs with the big magazines. Always living on the edge of poverty because of persistent gambling and alcohol problems, he made his mark on the world with his photos of the Spanish Civil War, and the only, albeit blurry images of the D-Day invasion. Losing Gerda, the love of hi A short biography (86 pg.) of perhaps the most famous war photographer ever in graphic novel form. Although born in Hungary, Endre Friedmann assumed the name Robert Capa in order to sound more American and get higher-paying jobs with the big magazines. Always living on the edge of poverty because of persistent gambling and alcohol problems, he made his mark on the world with his photos of the Spanish Civil War, and the only, albeit blurry images of the D-Day invasion. Losing Gerda, the love of his life and fellow photographer, during the Spanish Civil war haunted him for the rest of his short but eventful life. This is a good introduction to the famed photographer, but I intend to read a more thorough biography soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JBP

    I was quite surprised to see a biography of the famed Hungarian photographer Robert Capa on the new release shelves at the library. Pleasantly surprised. The book covers many of his vagabond years as a war photographer. One conflict blends to the next and the art is quite muted throughout. The art is a bit too subdued for me. Too many images of Capa smoking though. I bet half the frames had a cigarette dangling from his lips. I guess he either smoked non-stop or the author is way into drawings o I was quite surprised to see a biography of the famed Hungarian photographer Robert Capa on the new release shelves at the library. Pleasantly surprised. The book covers many of his vagabond years as a war photographer. One conflict blends to the next and the art is quite muted throughout. The art is a bit too subdued for me. Too many images of Capa smoking though. I bet half the frames had a cigarette dangling from his lips. I guess he either smoked non-stop or the author is way into drawings of people smoking. I've seen a lot of these graphic biographies recently...curious who will get one next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I am sort of not sure why this was made and really not sure why I read it... It is not like people were screaming for or wanting a graphic novel on Capa's life. I guess I got it because I read Kershaw's book and thought sure I will read it while I watch TV, which is what I did. Basically no reason to read if you read one of his biographies. The graphics were in black and white in trying to capture the old times, which I think was done well and probably is better than if they tried to do it in col I am sort of not sure why this was made and really not sure why I read it... It is not like people were screaming for or wanting a graphic novel on Capa's life. I guess I got it because I read Kershaw's book and thought sure I will read it while I watch TV, which is what I did. Basically no reason to read if you read one of his biographies. The graphics were in black and white in trying to capture the old times, which I think was done well and probably is better than if they tried to do it in color.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Viktor

    I bought this for my sister, to introduce her to one of the greatest photographers of all time. After she finished the book, I decided to give it a try, since her feedback was really positive. This turned out a great read - it covered a lot of important moments from Capa's life, both his successes and his personal problems. The ilustrations are nice and engaging. I recommend this book, no matter what the reader's age is. It can greatly accompany any photobook of Capa's work, so one can get sense I bought this for my sister, to introduce her to one of the greatest photographers of all time. After she finished the book, I decided to give it a try, since her feedback was really positive. This turned out a great read - it covered a lot of important moments from Capa's life, both his successes and his personal problems. The ilustrations are nice and engaging. I recommend this book, no matter what the reader's age is. It can greatly accompany any photobook of Capa's work, so one can get sense both of his photographs and his life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    This is a fine biography of Robert Capa if you just want the facts. If you're interested in who he was as a person, look elsewhere. Florent Silloray doesn't exactly dig deep into his subject, merely relaying the details of his various trips abroad to photograph wars and lose money at poker. Robert Capa led a fascinating life, but if you only read about him in this graphic biography, you might find him kinda dull.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Biro Tomodachi

    This first person style graphic biography attempts to offer the reader a concise overview of Robert Capa’s career as a war photographer which is definitely enough to whet your desire to pursue a more comprehensive biography. The artwork illustrations are great, but at times, I felt it read like a truncated edition where passages and panels must have been cut to meet a page limit. This results in a fragmented rhythm, even within episodic sections on the book. Definitely worth looking at.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Silloray's art style is incredible, especially her limited use of color to draw in the reader's eye to important moments and details. Capa and Taro's story is such an important one. While I wish that more time had been spent on Taro's involvement in the evolution of photojournalism, I do realize that this biography is dedicated to Capa. I look forward to reading more works by Silloray.

  18. 5 out of 5

    İdil Alter

    Capa’nin hayati bir hayli ilgi cekici ama kurgu cok atlamali, boluk porcuk... Otobiyografik cizgi romanlarda daha detay, surukleyici kurgu bekliyorum ben. Capa’nin hayatindan Kirpik kirpik parcalar gosterdi yalnizca.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arda Kaçar

    My first indepent comic and probably this will one of the worst of my all comics about 10 years later...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurian Vega

    meh

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roberto

    Muy buen resumen de la vida de Robert Capa, buena edición, con dibujos monocromáticos.

  22. 5 out of 5

    wildct2003

    Good history of Capa.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Six

    ok

  24. 4 out of 5

    Will

    He went everywhere!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Metin Yılmaz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zeynep

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fabián Marilao

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucije

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Carvalho

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cenk Gumuscuoglu

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