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Robert Capa: Heart of Spain: Robert Capa's Photographs of the Spanish Civil War [Paperback]

Robert Capa , Juan P. Fusi Aizp˙rua
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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931788022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931788021
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 28.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,335,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heart of Spain is devoted entirely to the finest of Robert Capa's images of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). These photographs define a moment of great historic and cultural significance, and are seminal to the development of his career as a world-renowned photographer. These photographs were capa's first major body of work, and gained him recognition as one of the greatest photojournalists of our time. Heart of Spain is devoted entirely to the finest collection of these photographs. This volume also features many images never before published, including contact sheets by Capa and his companion Gerda Taro, recently rediscovered in his long lost notebooks.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget caution: genius at work! 24 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
Robert Capa was very much the Hemingway of photography. A playboy, an adventurer, a genius, he took his photography where it mattered. Not for him the safety of the catwalk or lurking around the homes of celebrities. Capa's photography was the photography of relevance, of important issues and real people - he would eventually die, blown up by a mine in Vietnam while trying to get close to the action.
These images of Spain, of struggle, of determination, of common people contesting with history, stand in striking contrast to the images we are routinely pedalled today. In the Gulf War, journalists and photographers were 'embedded' with coalition forces, their images and access to action constrained by the whims of the military. A number of journalists and photographers would die, trying to escape this censorship, trying to get to the real story. Their deaths, like Capa's, are a reminder that photojournalism is a dangerous business, but a vital one in any democracy.
Capa stands as a reminder that it is possible to capture vital images, to electrify the world with a story of history unfolding. He was not beyond elaborating a bit on the truth - his famous shot entitled 'Death of a Republican', was certainly staged - but there is an honesty and immediacy in Capa's pictures which should be inspiration to anyone who has ever picked up a camera. He memorably said, "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough".
In "The Heart of Spain" we have Capa getting close to the action, capturing the emotion and the horror and the humanity of the Spanish Civil War. A stunning collection and an absolute must-have tome for anyone who considers themselves a photographer or a journalist! Images to treasure, images to inspire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Book for any serious collector 15 Aug 1999
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This is one of the best and most moving combat photo volumnes I have seen. Capa is a genius artist with the camera, compassionate toward humanity and as courageous as any soldier on the field of battle. All these three qualities jump at you with the turn of every page. There is no saftey of the Zoom lens here. The comments from the reviewer of the DC are absurd. This book is about humanity at war. Whether or not the subject matter happens to be from one army or another is least of the concerns. I have seen many fine photos of the German Army in combat and have never viewed them as propaganda nor do I feel any sympathy for their objectives. It is about the essence of capturing a man in his most important minute of his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary book, deeply moving. 30 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Magnificent pictures and excellent related texts. Lyrical, yet terribly realistic, view of the Spanish Civil war. Unforgivable portraits of men, women, children who achieve here a kind of eternal life and purpose (you really wonder what happened to each of them and regret you didn't know them personally, and will never do so). Dignity, beauty and love throughout the book. Wish only the accompanying texts, particularly the poems, would also have been provided in their original language, beside their English translations. More powerful, as a Historical document, than any TV footage ever will be. Must read and revisit!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Art in the service of propaganda 2 July 1999
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Format:Hardcover
The Spanish Civil War has been called the most lied about event of the 20th Century. Capa's photographs are powerful, but just another addition to the long line of western artists and intellectuals who surrendered their minds and talents to the service of Stalin and the Comintern during the 1930s. It is a shame that the myth of the good "republican" cause in Spain continues to be perpetuated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Book for any serious collector 15 Aug 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This is one of the best and most moving combat photo volumnes I have seen. Capa is a genius artist with the camera, compassionate toward humanity and as courageous as any soldier on the field of battle. All these three qualities jump at you with the turn of every page. There is no saftey of the Zoom lens here. The comments from the reviewer of the DC are absurd. This book is about humanity at war. Whether or not the subject matter happens to be from one army or another is least of the concerns. I have seen many fine photos of the German Army in combat and have never viewed them as propaganda nor do I feel any sympathy for their objectives. It is about the essence of capturing a man in his most important minute of his life.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Potent Photographs of Spain's Civil War 11 Jun 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Capa is considered one of the fathers of modern combat photography. These photographs clearly verify that fact. The modern combat photographers that have come after were all aware of Capa's work and if they didn't overtly copy his style, they certainly used it as a foundation. The potency of these photographs is not so much the action they sometimes capture, but in the faces set in the multitude of back drops of war. The viciousness and tragedy of this conflict hotly radiate out of some of these photographs. Others coolly reflect despair and fear. The book is at the same time a statement about war and a valuable historical document.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary book, deeply moving. 30 Jun 1999
By JPZelcer@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Magnificent pictures and excellent related texts. Lyrical, yet terribly realistic, view of the Spanish Civil war. Unforgivable portraits of men, women, children who achieve here a kind of eternal life and purpose (you really wonder what happened to each of them and regret you didn't know them personally, and will never do so). Dignity, beauty and love throughout the book. Wish only the accompanying texts, particularly the poems, would also have been provided in their original language, beside their English translations. More powerful, as a Historical document, than any TV footage ever will be. Must read and revisit!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moving pictures 24 Jun 2008
By Beppo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am neither politically naive and historically ignorant enough . therefore I refused to give any invective to the Franco camp and pay any homage to international volunteers and left camp. However, two reviewers' totally ignorant reviews ,that had nothing to do with the artistic quality of Capa's pictures, simply infuriate me. Can you guys just cool off a bit , rather than showing off your ignorance and lack of logic? In light of propaganda, you overstated the political commitment of Capa , who was clearly symphasized with republican cause ,but never been fanatic. He was not a fanatic like Andre Marti or blatant romantic liar like Marloux. Taking purely objective position , especially in the war like the Spanish civil war is impossible, but Capa actually handled that difficulty decently. What you see from numerous pictures are not fanatical Falange , Calists , and Africanos or martial virility of German soldiers in Legion Condor but tired , haggard, and gaunt working class volunteers and Spanish conscripts and ordinary spanish people during the dreadful war.It's superb photo book with a great historical value.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is exceptional 11 Jan 2007
By Adriana Ferreira - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Is a very interesting book, whith "beautifull" images in a very good print.
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