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4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  840 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Vuonna 1942 pokerista, samppanjasta ja kauniista naisista pitävä tyylikäs nuorimies hyppäsi Englantiin lähtevään kauppalaivaan. Hän oli älykäs ja uskalias valokuvaaja Robert Capa, jonka Collier's-lehti oli lähettänyt kuvaamaan Euroopassa riehuvaa sotaa.

Tässä kirjassa Robert Capa kertoo työrupeamastaan toisen maailmansodan kohtalokkaimmissa tapahtumissa Pohjois-Afrikassa, S
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Published 2007 by WSOY (first published 1947)
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May 04, 2016 Parastoo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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روایت کاپا جالبه اما عکسهاش چیز دیگرند!
نه تنها کتاب ویرایش نشده، بلکه نمونهخوانی هم نشده. پُره از اشتباههای تایپی متأسفانه
Ally Armistead
I picked up Robert Capa's book after finishing Alex Kershaw's brilliant biography about the famous photographer, "Blood and Champagne." Mesmerized by Kershaw's documentation of such a fascinating life, I couldn't wait to get my hands on "Slightly Out of Focus," an account of the photographer by none other than the photographer himself.

Unfortunately, while Kershaw's biography left me reeling and entrenched in a raw honesty about Robert Capa (the man, the photographer, the Hungarian), Capa's book
Mar 24, 2015 Genevieve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a very charming funny man buying you drinks, and telling you fantastic stories, and it's very late at night, and you don't want to leave because everything is too wonderful. This is what this spare book is like.
He is all at once hilarious, funny, self-deprecating, clever, frustrating, and so beautifully heart-breaking.
The scenes where he describes what was around him during combat are astounding. I think it helps that he wrote all of this so soon after the events vs. waiting twenty/thir
Nov 25, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Capa may have the looks of Gene Kelly, the charm of Humphrey Bogart, and the style of Frank Sinatra, but it was something else that made him stand out from the average American celebrity: the grit of a journalist. Whether he was gulping back whiskey with Hemingway or propelling from an airplane while bullets flew over his head, Capa’s memoir Slightly Out of Focus demonstrates the courageous insanity that it takes to be a war photographer. The life of a war correspondent is far from romant ...more
Nov 05, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced WW2 memoir of one of the great photographers. The tone is very different from similar books from the Iraq war like Generation Kill or The Forever War. This is has more of a jet set vibe as Capa hops planes to get to the front, take war photos, and then retreat back to hang out with Hemmingway or Ernie Pyle. Its certainly a different perspective from books like To Hell and Back or With the Old Breed. Here, the battles are often just sideshows to the drinking bouts & dead Americans ...more
Sep 06, 2013 trang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! I think 4.5 stars would be fairer but goodreads certainly does not have it that way.

Capa's writing is both humorous, warm and has a touch of irony, which is like a mirror to his own photo during the first pages of the book. He seemed to always have that smirk in the corner of his mouth.I laughed with his professional "ups" and "downs" and even almost shed tears on seeing the little feet poking out from the wooden coffin in Sicily. The photos are amazing. I

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Al Sellaro
Feb 08, 2012 Al Sellaro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography
This book is about passion in a very broad sense. Robert Capa reports the World War II as a witness, responsible for maybe the most significative and important set of photographs taken during WWII. Though inserted right in the middle of this terrible moment of our history, his sense of humour and extreme humanity bring balance to a story that could be translated as an easy cliché on barbarism.
Gaía Passarelli
Jul 02, 2015 Gaía Passarelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-favourites
Who would know Capa had such a particular voice? His memories of life, love and war are just as great as the images he collected. A must.
Vic Richardson
May 11, 2014 Vic Richardson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alcohol and a good time are apparently two major ingredients to the success of famous war photographer, Robert Capa. In his memoirs, Slightly Out of Focus, he elegantly describes drinking and photographing his way across war torn Europe during the 1940’s. It was surprising to read Capa’s personal account in comparison to his almost heroic depiction in movies, newspapers, and books. Despite the adventure and fame that his close up photographs captured, his memoirs portray him as an everyday man a ...more
Rommel Cesena
Dec 17, 2016 Rommel Cesena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want more!!!! I read it in two sittings and loved it but I want to keep reading.
A fascinating life during extraordinary times. It reads like an adventure. Bob Capa is one of my idols so I enjoyed every line in this book but I really recommend it to anyone looking for a good adventure story.
The only disappointment for me is that in this book the war doesn't seem as horrible as it probably was. I'm surprised that the terror of war doesn't come trough in his memoirs considering the key events C
Marisol García
Es mejor como crónica de guerra y política internacional de mediados del siglo XX (escrita con gracia, con agudeza, con detalle), que como el testimonio de un fotógrafo. Son escasas las descripciones específicas sobre fotografía, equipos, criterio, etc. Se entiende que la intención del autor era otra, pero es mejor no esperar acá una autobiografía del grandísimo fotorreportero. Quizás lo mejor esté en su vibrante recuerdo del llamado Desembarco de Normandía, y del cual sobrevivieron sólo seis de ...more
Pato Padula
Dec 13, 2016 Pato Padula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was written to be film which allows to be read agile without problems. Great book to understand the adventure (and madness?) Of photographing a war.
Jun 06, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As his brother Cornell Capa says in the foreword to this book, Robert Capa "gave himself the assignment to report on man's self-created inferno, war. His compassion was for all sufferers in war, and his photographs transformed into eternal moments not only crucial events but also individual ordeals." This book is the photographer's own account of his work during the period that began in summer 1942 through the end of the war in Europe. It includes a selection of his photographs, including those ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Robert Capan värikkäät ja vauhdikkaat vaiheet tuovat mieleen romaanin - tai oikeammin sanottuna epäuskottavan romaanin, sillä tuskinpa kukaan voisi ottaa vakavasti kirjailijaa, jonka sankari ehtisi elämänsä aikana niin valokuvata kansainvälisiä kansainvälisiä prikaateja Espanjan sisällissodassa, osallistua ensimmäiseen maihinnousuaaltoon Normandiassa, kohdata Ernest Hemingwayn, Billy Wilderin ja John Steinbeckin kaltaisia kuuluisuuksia eri puolilla maailmaa kuin seurustella Ingrid Bergmanin kans ...more
This is an up-close look at World War II in Europe and North Africa from the perspective of the man who practically invented war photojournalism, Robert Capa. I first learned of his work because of my slight obsession with the Spanish Civil War, and became fascinated by his raw, upfront look at war by seeing the soldiers, civilians, and general mayhem. This memoir is in a conversational tone, but there is some poignant language from Capa here about the fear of battle, the tragedy of love in wart ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Cyrus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Capa is what you get when you give James Bond a camera. Okay, maybe that's overstating his physical prowess a bit. But this semi-fictional, autobiographical account of Capa's exploits is a fitting addition to the lore that surrounds his outsized personality. On the other hand, Capa's reputation as "The Greatest War Photographer in the World" is well-deserved for his work covering the conflicts before and during WWII, often risking life and limb for his pictures. Indeed, both he and his beloved w ...more
Mariana Morais
Aug 23, 2016 Mariana Morais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Capa é o autor da famosa frase "Se suas fotos ainda não estão boas o suficiente, é porque você ainda não está perto o suficiente." E de fato, essa frase o representanta muito bem. Ele, que como fotógrafo de guerra não se contentou em assistir aos fatos, pelo contrário, participava diretamente de todos eles. Esteve no front em diversos conflitos e morreu vítima de uma mina terrestre em um deles.

O texto é do próprio Capa narrando sua jornada como fotógrafo na 2° Guerra Mundial. O
May 22, 2016 Licia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo straordinario talento di Capa come fotografo e l'abilità di raccontare i fatti della seconda guerra mondiale sono racchiusi in questo capolavoro, conosciuto purtroppo da pochi, soprattutto in Italia.
Le fotografie sono testimonianze della distruzione di massa che la guerra ha portato e la sua testimonianza è quella di un fotografo, ma anche di un uomo che ha vissuto in prima linea gli avvenimenti più importanti del secondo conflitto. Ogni buon lettore, amante della storia e amante della fotogr
Engaging account of his time photographing WW2, with all the mishaps, narrow escapes, successes and horror. Great photos accompany the stories.

I have to say I'd not heard of Capa until I happened to visit the International Center of Photography in NYC (which was founded by Capa's younger brother, Cornell Capa). The main exhibit there was Robert Capa's photographs, and I decided to get his memoir in the gift shop. So glad I did.
Sep 15, 2013 Nikkincs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hogy ez a Capa milyen őrült jó fej volt! Nem elég, hogy olyan képekkel van tele ez a könyv a 2. világháborúról, amelyek bármi másnál jobban "beszélnek", de ez a fickó nem mellesleg még írni is tudott, nem is akárhogy. Egyik-másik kalandja olvasása közben potyogtak a könnyeim a nevetéstől, aztán meg a szívem szorul össze a pusztító események miatt. Aki kicsit is érdeklődik Capa élete és munkássága iránt, ki ne hagyja, kötelező olvasmány!
Dec 09, 2014 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Beautifully and simply told, a true joy to read. The autobiographical story of a photographer, whose stories are usually told with pictures - and there are some amazing examples of this in his book - but whose lovely sense of humor, of people and stories shine in his engaging story. A war book with a love story, not so uncommon, but gently told, with a lot of heart and humor. And then again, if you read it you will find out what Alt-J's "Taro" is about. Yeap.
Adam Thorman
Dec 30, 2007 Adam Thorman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most pleasurable books I've ever read. What from the cover looks to be a dated WWII autobiography about photographing a war is actually a love story. The story is almost too much to believe except that Capa's voice so is infectiously friendly that you can tell why people help him out. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE. This is one of those books I buy whenever I see for a decent price and just hand to whoever's near. They always love it.
Bjørn André Haugland
Absolutely brilliant, such a fast-paced, witty and observant account of the greatest human conflict to date. I read it cover to cover in under 24 hours, and I could almost start it over again already. Complete with amazing photos from the author himself, which really hit home what Capa is describing. However what really stands out is Capa's voice. His narration is personal, clever and so incredibly brash that you can't help but be taken along for the ride. Impossible to put down.
Oct 15, 2007 Kij rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watching "The War" documentary on TV jogged my memory of this great bio. One of the foremost war photographers of the 20th century (in fact he died as one of the first casulties of what would turn into the Vietnam War) Robert Capa partied with Hemmingway, parachuted out of planes with no prior instruction, and took the only existing photos of DDay invasion of Normandy. Capa was right there in the thick of it with the soldiers and his photos capture some amazing moments.
Douglas Spadotto
He didn't finish Journalism school, and the World is better for that. His photographs weren't "action" but "emotion". War is too big to be caught on film, but Capa caught the emotions surrounding it, translating War into images like no one else. This book, in line with "A Moveable Feast", is semi-fiction, but that doesn't keep it from telling the truth.
P.S.: and they drank a lot. Real alcohol back then.
Jan 20, 2014 Polevka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the beginning was hard, author has a specific style of writing. for someone to whom, war on the West is completely distant the book seems abstractive. but with every page the a bit sarcastic, a bit distant writing shapes into a real picture and brings step closer all the events. definately a book worth reading illustrated but amazing shots.
Aug 22, 2016 Iury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Capa has extreme sucess in describing the perils of war without turning the book into a blood-soaked bunch of pages. In addition, despite dire combat situations, the adventures of Robert during his time with the American Army are very fun and light-themed. It was a great joy reading this book and looking at the photographs.
Halvor Wien
Oct 06, 2016 Halvor Wien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, both photographs and writing are superb, with the prose alternating between humorous and deeply moving. Some of the events, or perhaps the sum of them all, seems too fascinating to be true, but that is part of the legend I suppose. My only niggle was that sometimes when Capa is describing a shot in detail, then the specific photograph was not included in the book.

A classic.
Thomas Wictor
Apr 06, 2014 Thomas Wictor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional autobiography. Really puts you in the thick of things back when men were two-fisted drinkers who saw war as part of the natural order. No self-pity for these guys. It may as well have been written four centuries ago. Quite a glimspe into an era that was in many way superior to ours. Except for the drinking. My God, how he drinks!
Greg Cooper
May 22, 2013 Greg Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think you know about Robert Capa then you need to read this book. It provides an insight not only into the man behind the camera but to an era of history and society that is far changed (for better or worse?) from todays 21st Century living. Some of Capa's exploits will make you gasp and others will make you grin. This is a quick, informative and enjoyable read.
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