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    Gerda Taro Death bed photograph

    You never know what's out there and will one day turn up. Now we wonder who took this photograph!
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...aro-discovered
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    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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    Re: Gerda Taro Death bed photograph

    Capa!?!!

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    Re: Gerda Taro Death bed photograph

    Capa was in Paris at the time, but possibly Canadian Journalist Ted Allan who had become her lover although it was reported he too was thrown from the car and did not see her again. According to Irene Golden, the nurse who was on duty, her last words were: "Did they take care of my camera?"
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    Re: Gerda Taro Death bed photograph

    Endre Friedmann and Taro shared the "Robert Capa" pseudonym by then, later it was used exclusively by Friedmann.

    My grandfather was MIA in that war, I've been reviewing all that work, of both Friedmann and Taro.

    "The falling soldier" (by Friedmann) is perhaps one of the greatest war photographs ever made, there were claims that the picture was staged, but this is not true, the picture it's well authentic.

    Left hand's fingers are seen below left thigh in a relaxed position, this is incompatible with a fall to the back if one is conscious,


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Falling_Soldier

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    Re: Gerda Taro Death bed photograph

    The photographer was medical staff - as explained in the The Guardian article.

    I find it hard to believe that anyone still considers "the fallen soldier" a genuine war photo as the location has been found and the rest of the film roll was found decades ago. This shows similar identical shots taken within a short period on the same day and from the same position. With different soldiers and with less artistic results. A couple of frames were missing - that is, were used. It became an icon, like Guernica and Picasso's image of it and people have made their mind up about it long ago.

    See here, for example. Look at the rock patterns and the distant clouds.

    http://www.foto8.com/live/images/sto...og/capa_vu.jpg

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    Re: Gerda Taro Death bed photograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    I find it hard to believe that anyone still considers "the fallen soldier" a genuine war photo as the location has been found and the rest of the film roll was found decades ago. This shows similar identical shots taken within a short period on the same day and from the same position. With different soldiers and with less artistic results. A couple of frames were missing - that is, were used. It became an icon, like Guernica and Picasso's image of it and people have made their mind up about it long ago.

    See here, for example. Look at the rock patterns and the distant clouds.

    http://www.foto8.com/live/images/sto...og/capa_vu.jpg
    Well, there has been a lot of controversy about this shot, this article summarizes most of important information: http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/04/22/...lling-soldier/

    Even it is possible that the shot was taken by Gerda Taro... even an investigation points that...

    We know that the actual location was different by 50km, we also know that there are more staged photographs in that "sesion"...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ge-staged.html


    But...

    "a homicide detective and forensics expert was dismissive: The slackened limbs and fingers looked like death to him, not mimicry. The other men lying on the ground might have been playacting; but this, the detective maintained, was the real thing."

    See the left hand fingers pointing forward and relaxed, just under left leg. Nobody falls back without instinctively protecting with the hand, falling back like that can provocate injuries. Looking to the face... he should be a good actor...

    My guess is that it can be true that the soldier was in fact killed while staging... Event it is possible that Gerda Taro was who knew it...

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    In my other post I could clarify better my opinion... what I wanted to say is that the death of the man was probably actual...

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