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Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa (utgåvan 2003)

av Alex Kershaw

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Robert Capa, one of the finest photojournalists of the twentieth century, covered every major conflict from the Spanish Civil War to the beginnings of Vietnam. He risked his life again and again, and he created some of the most enduring images ever made with a camera. Born in Budapest as André Friedmann, Capa fled political repression and anti-Semitism as a teenager by escaping to Berlin, where he first picked up a Leica and then witnessed the rise of Hitler. By the time his images of D-Day appeared in Life Magazine, he had become a legend, the first photographer to make his calling appear glamorous and sexy. In 1947, after a decade covering war, he founded a cooperative agency, Magnum, which remains the most prestigious agency of its kind. By the time he died, he had become a colleague and confidant to writers Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway and director John Huston, and a seducer of several of his era's most alluring icons, including Ingrid Bergman. From Budapest in the twenties to Paris in the thirties, from post-war Hollywood to Stalin's Russia, and from New York in the fifties to Indochina, Blood and champagne is an extensive account of Capa's life and times. Based on extensive interviews with Capa's friends and contemporaries, as well as FBI and Soviet files and other previously unpublished materials, Alex Kershaw's biography is as compelling as its charismatic subject.… (mer)
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Titel:Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa
Författare:Alex Kershaw
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2003), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
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All I knew about Capa was that he took the famous photo "Falling Soldier," that he took nine photos of the D-Day landing, and that he carried on with Ingrid Bergman. Kershaw's biography addresses these three issues in much greater complexity as well as many other topics of which I was wholly unaware. Kershaw has a real grasp of his subject; the narrative is controlled and moves well. (Plus, with a title like this, the book has to be terrific.) Recommended. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
This book was bought in a 2nd hand sale. I had heard of Robert Capa and was intrigued by his story. This was one brave man ,who was a brilliant photographer who died at the age of forty in the Indo-China War. The author illuminates the story of Capa through his photos from the Spanish Civil War to the 2nd World War until his untimely death by a landmine in Vietnam. There is too much emphasis on Capa's lifestyle of women ,champagne and gambling, which detracts from his bravery as war photographer and which are in my view voyeristic. However,that said ,an enjoyable read constructed by the author. ( )
  tbrennan1 | May 17, 2012 |
An account of one of the first war photographers. The writing was decent, but the construction of the book annoyed me both with bottom-page notations and the manner of footnoting. Kershaw obviously had to make some assumptions because so much of Capa's life was invented, but he told us when he was doing so. Some writers don't. No matter how much he charmed the women, Capa was obviously a man's man. I just didn't find him particularly worthy of a biography. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Dec 18, 2011 |
A well written account of the life of a fascinating character, if a bit dry. Capa was obviously an amazing person, though how much of that was talent, and how much was bluster i am not sure. I am sure if i had met him he would have annoyed me within five minutes!

This book is interesting not only for its retelling of the life of Capa, but also its insights into war journalism, and photojournalism. Definately a read for anyone interested in the history of photojournalism ( )
  ForrestFamily | Mar 21, 2006 |
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Robert Capa, one of the finest photojournalists of the twentieth century, covered every major conflict from the Spanish Civil War to the beginnings of Vietnam. He risked his life again and again, and he created some of the most enduring images ever made with a camera. Born in Budapest as André Friedmann, Capa fled political repression and anti-Semitism as a teenager by escaping to Berlin, where he first picked up a Leica and then witnessed the rise of Hitler. By the time his images of D-Day appeared in Life Magazine, he had become a legend, the first photographer to make his calling appear glamorous and sexy. In 1947, after a decade covering war, he founded a cooperative agency, Magnum, which remains the most prestigious agency of its kind. By the time he died, he had become a colleague and confidant to writers Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway and director John Huston, and a seducer of several of his era's most alluring icons, including Ingrid Bergman. From Budapest in the twenties to Paris in the thirties, from post-war Hollywood to Stalin's Russia, and from New York in the fifties to Indochina, Blood and champagne is an extensive account of Capa's life and times. Based on extensive interviews with Capa's friends and contemporaries, as well as FBI and Soviet files and other previously unpublished materials, Alex Kershaw's biography is as compelling as its charismatic subject.

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