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The D Day Photos of Robert Capa

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    Capa landed with the first wave on D-Day at point "Easy Red", Omaha beach, armed with a camera, and shot a few rolls of film. Only 11 shots survived after a mistake by the dark room technician.:botman:
    Great link Sam ! There are larger versions of some of the 11 surviving shots HERE

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    What a waste losing those pictures, i don't think the technition at the time reaslised what a loss this would be... :ahg:
     
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    Aye, it's difficult to think of photographs more significant than these. Then again, we are probably biased ! :happy:
    Poor guy, the one time in his whole career he absolutely had to get it right, and he messed up! It probably hounded him to the grave. The story goes, he was so eager to see the shots, he turned the heat up too high in drying them and they melted....
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    Kapa himself was killed by a mine while covering the Vietnam war.
     
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    He got some guts too do that while germans are shooting at them
     
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    What a silly mistake, I can understand him being excited though. Whish he would have just slowed down a bit. :cry:
     
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    exactly, and imagine how gutted he was to only get 11 at the end of it all!! At least by then they didnt need to stand around for 20 minutes putting gunpowder in the flash stand, lol, or wait 20 minutes for an exposure!

    imagine that, if the war was 100 years earlier and the photos needed 1/2 hours exposure for a picture, do you think we would have had as many photos to look at lol!!

    Nowadays could probably not even send a correspondant on the frontline, just let google earth zoom in:lol:
     

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