Named ‘The Greatest War Photographer in the World’ by Picture Post in 1938, Robert Capa was an influential photojournalist of his time and to this day continues to cast a broad and deep shadow in the world of photography and particularly photojournalism. Capa’s photos from the Spanish Civil War helped him gain international recognition and he continued to dominate the profession with both his work and larger than life persona. Capa made contributions to other areas of photography as well by co-founding Magnum Photos in 1947 with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger, and William Vandivert. On May 25, 1954 Capa was tragically killed by a landmine while on assignment for Life magazine in Vietnam.
The International Center of Photography has recently launched a project in honor of this important figure in the history of photography. For 100 days between October 22nd and January 30th (Robert Capa’s 100th Birthday), ICP has teamed up with Magnum Photos to encourage photographers to participate in a “Get Closer” campaign. The multi-platform campaign was inspired by Capa’s famous quote, “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
Each day, Magnum/ICP will post blog entries highlighting a photograph by a contemporary photographer, paired with one of Robert Capa’s images. The featured photographers write about the inspiration they find in Capa’s work and philosophies. Ed Kashi/VII was honored to be the counterpart to Capa’s image for Day 6 of 100 for ‘Get Closer’. At the conclusion of the 100 day project, the exhibition “Capa in Color” will open at the International Center of Photography.
View the ‘Get Closer’ blog at: http://getcloser.magnumphotos.com. Check back daily to see updates on the blog and join the conversation! Everyone is encouraged to get involved in commemorating Robert Capa by posting your image responses to each day’s post on social media platforms with: #GetCloser100.