Robert Capa photo a fake?

Published on July 21st, 2009 | by Admin


A Spanish newspaper is claiming that the famous Robert Capa photograph of a soldier being killed during the Spanish Civil War was set up.

The latest claims however indicate that the pictures were taken 30miles (50km) away from any fighting, and seem to be worthy of further examination. The Spanish newspaper El Periodico has examined two other frames that help identify the location of the pictures and have found there was no fighting at this time in that area. Assuming this is accurate; it would indicate that the picture does not show the death of a soldier.

Does this matter now that the picture is more than 70 years old and no longer a news picture, but a work of art? Yes, of course it does. If it just shows a few men fooling around then it makes the world of difference. But does that ruin Capa’s reputation? Most defiantly not.

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