Capa was origionally named Andre Friedmann
, and was expelled from his native Hungary
at the age of seventeen for some relatively minor leftist
, antigovernment activities
"While pursuing my studies my parents' means gave out, and I decided to become a photographer
," Friedmann stated, "which was the nearest thing to journalism for anyone who found himself without a language."
Capa first attracted international attention with his up-close, sympathetic photographs of the Spanish Civil War
. Not only did the war dramatically pit fascist
forces against each other, but it was also well-timed for a photojournalist
: war broke out in 1936
, the same year that Life magazine
would commence publication and sell out
its first 466,000 copies.
He also helped found Magnum photo agency in 1948.
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