Capa’s life was one of extremes – lived on the adrenaline razors edge of being. From the D-Day landings where he was actually on the boats and in the water – life and death with the soldiers, to the final shots of the Second World War, Capa saw it all and brought back his testaments to the front line of photography.
He redefined what photo reportage was all about, how news imagery was viewed and later how photographers were treated and – setting up the Magnum photo agency with Henri Cartier-Bresson. Capa’s life was all drama and that was where he functioned best – without the drama of the war he became lost for a while in Hollywood celebrity, but this didn’t last.
His life ended in an instant – stepping on a landmine in Vietnam he was obliterated. What he left behind was a vision of ‘being there’ of seeing the extremes of human life and recording it.