Thursday, October 17, 2013

Robert Capa and the Photo Essay

1. What does the phrase "He wasn't just an observer" mean?

Robert was also experiencing the violence of the war because he traveled with the army together.
2. What are some of the ways in which Robert Capa "experienced" the lives of his subjects before he photographed them?
He first got to know the person before he took a picture of them and in the picture you can see the person's emotion, either smiling, neutral, or sad. 
3. Why was this important to his work?
It was important to his work because it represented their difficulty in life and in the war. He wanted to represent the people that don't have it that good in life as well as loosing a member of their family or an army brother. 

4. One of his subjects said that "he was there, but you didn't realize he was there." Why might this be an important quality for a photographer?
This is an important quality since he took the picture very quick and that he captured the moments without making people pose for the picture so it the pictures seem very natural.
5.  What is the significance of "The Falling Soldier"?  Why is it considered iconic?
The image is known of a man dying in the military which loyalist fighter in Spain got killed and fought for his country. The picture is iconic because it is an army man fighting for his country risking death.
6. How did Robert Cap die? 
He died in Vietnam on May 25, 1954. He was killed by a land mine while photographing while photographing the French Indochina war for Life.
7.  Robert Capa used to say that "If you're pictures aren't good enough, its because...."  Complete the sentence.  Do you agree with this? Why/ why not?
"You are not close enough." Yes I agree with this because close ups let you see the detail on an object or organism.
8. Robert Capa died at the early age of 40.  What was he photographing at the time and how did he die?  
He was taking pictures of the Second-Sino Japenese War.  He was killed by a land mine while photographing while photographing the French Indochina war for Life.
9.  Making connections to current events: 
How were Robert Capa's experiences similar to those of the embedded journalists during the War in Iraq in 2003? 
They both experienced the violence of the wars, as well as the loss of a member. 

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