Robert Capa, while normally classified as a war photographer
, mainly took pictures of people
rather than the actual action of war
. Capa's photos are marked by a remarkable sympathy
for his subject and an interest in the effects of war upon the population in general rather than just the fighting soldier
Capa was the only photographer present at the D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy, on assignment for Life Magazine. Unfortunately, of all the pictures taken, only a few survived after the negatives were nearly incinerated in a dryer by a worker in Life's London offices.
Some of Capa's other work includes wartime China and a photo-document of his travels in Russia with John Steinbeck. In 1954, while covering the conflicts in Indochina that would eventually become the war in Vietnam, Robert Capa was killed after stepping on a landmine.
"If your photographs aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."