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Gerda Taro

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A reexamination of the woman who created the legend of Robert Capa, the world's first female photojournalist to die in combat, Gerda Taro

In Paris in 1934, a young and beautiful Jewish émigrée, Gerda Pohorylles, met a Hungarian political exile, André Friedmann. They reinvented themselves as the photographers Gerda Taro and Robert Capa—and he would become the most important
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Hardcover, 246 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Jonathan Cape (first published October 2013)
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Brian Page
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gerda Taro, arguably the first female war photographer, and certainly the first female conflict photographer killed in a war zone, has always existed in death as in life in the shadow of Robert Capa, an identity she helped create as much as “Capa” was a creation of André Friedmann. In this excellent biography by Jane Rogoyska, Taro steps out of the shadow as much as might be possible, for Taro and Capa are, indeed, inseparable. In her short life and all too short career, Taro proved herself a ...more
Christina
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gerda Taro: Inventing Robert Capa is a wonderful book. There’s not too much information on Taro given that she had a sadly very short career and was only 26 years old when she died, but the author does an excellent job telling Taro’s story and how she came to create the Robert Capa we know today. I was fortunate to have seen the exhibit The Mexican Suitcase when it was on view at the International Center of Photography in NYC. I was just beginning my foray into the fascinating world of the ...more
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gerda Taro's life and photography is heavily overshadowed by that of her legendary companion, Robert Capa, so this book is an important contribution to her story. More than anything, we should remember Gerda as someone with deep convictions who unhesitantly bound her life to the cause of justice. She is the predecessor to many greats who came after her, including Camille LePage and Marie Colvin.
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