The centenary of Robert Capa, one of the most influential modern war photographers is being celebrated in Budapest. Although he died in 1954, his memory is still very much alive. The Hungarian national museum is hosting a Robert Capa exhibition showing his best known works.
Back in 1936, Capa became internationally renowned for the Falling Soldier, a photograph he took during the Spanish Civil War. He often expressed publically how much he hated war and expressed the hardship he suffered over the years. According to the curator of the Robert Capa museum in Budapest Eva Fisli: “everyone is afraid, but what matters is what he or she uses this fear for.” Fisli believes it is up to the individual to decide how to play when they get bad cards and insists that Robert Capa played life well despite having been dealt very bad cards.
It was on the battlefield at the age of 40 where he lost his life. By that time he had already covered five different wars and set up the first international agency for freelance photographers.
Capa once said: “if your photographs are not good enough, you’re not close enough”. Robert Capa died when he stepped on a land mine.