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Gerda Taro Hardcover – 17 Oct 2013
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"[A] lively, richly illustrated book." (Lorna Scott Fox Times Literary Supplement)
"What sets this biography apart is the way in which it unpicks Taro and Capa's creative and romantic relationship, showing, in the process, how integral she was to his development… With two films about Capa and Taro's relationship in the offing, it may be an opportune time to acquaint oneself with this well-researched, and meticulously recreated, story of their overlapping lives before the myth takes over." (Sean O’Hagan Observer)
"What makes the book come alive, perhaps inevitably, are the photographs of [Taro] and Capa... They are a remarkable testimonial to two young photographers whose extraordinary talent it was to convey war at its most immediate, intimate and brutal." (Caroline Moorehead Literary Review)
"Rogoyska does some good detective work and the result is an engaging, visually stimulating read." (Amateur Photographer)
"Jane Rogoyska charts the course of Gerda Taro’s life, revealing much new material, illustrated by some truly great photography, some of which has never been seen" (Black and White Photography)
A re-examination of the woman who created the legend of Robert Capa, the world’s first female photojournalist to die in combat, Gerda Taro.See all Product description
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Look in any recent edition of Leica Fotographie International and you'll find stories of war, of refugees, of human suffering: some things just don't change. And in the 7/2013 edition of LFI there's a couple of pages about Capa; Taro is barely mentioned. But it says that Capa's legacy included 'unpaid hotel bills and gambling debts': but that is Friedmann. The 'wardrobe of elegant clothes'--that is Gerda.
This is a wonderful book; part biography set against the rise of Nazi Germany, the plight of emigres in France, and the politics of the Spanish Civil War; and part showcase for Gerda's work. It's as elegantly written as it is printed.