This Interview Is the Only Known Recording of Robert Capa

Listening to Robert Capa speak about his work and his adventures adds a different dimension to the iconic war photographer. Image above taken by Gerda Taro in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War.

Anyone who develops an interest in photography will inevitably come across the iconic Robert Capa and his timeless work. Reading about him and his life is one thing; listening to him speak about his work and adventures is another, given the decades that have passed since his days as “the greatest war photographer in the world.” Here’s a rare 1947 radio interview with the Hungarian photographer, the only known recording that the world has of his voice.

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On Working Within a Fixed Focal Length

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“What kind of glass are you using?” or some variant of that almost always follows the camera question when I talk with other photographers. There are some who would rather not talk about gear because it’s about the image, not the tool, but having been a reviewer for quite some time now, I’m just as interested in the means as I am about the ends. If you asked about my glass six months ago, I’d point to whatever I had mounted on my a580, which could have been anywhere from a 12mm fisheye to the venerable 70-210mm f4 beer can. For the past several months, I’ve been shooting almost exclusively with the Fujifilm X-E2 and 35mm f1.4, and the experience has been both challenging and rewarding. Continue reading…

Mike Stimpson Gives Classic Photographs a Lego Treatment

Tiananmen Square. Image courtesy of Mike Simpson.

Tiananmen Square. Image courtesy of Mike Simpson. Used with permission

Mike Stimpson is a photographer and Lego-enthusiast. While most of his catalogue is his own creation, Stimpson has created a series called “Classics in Lego” in which he takes famous photographs and gives them the Lego treatment. Stimpson is able to work around the inherent visual limitations of Lego to create photographs that look surprisingly like the original images. While the originals are serious in nature, there’s a whimsical quality to Stimpson’s recreations, and if you like them enough, you can pick up prints here. For more of Stimpson’s work, check out his website.

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Review: The Mexican Suitcase Documentary

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In the history of photography, there are few people who have had as lasting an impact as Robert Capa. A Hungarian-born photographer, he helped to redefine conflict photography. His observation that “if your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” has been repeated like a mantra by photojournalists for decades.

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Useful Photography Tip #45: Closing the Distance in Your Photography

Most photographers are aware of the phrase coined by the famous (or infamous, depending on your view) photographer Robert Capa “if your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” If you are not aware of that quote you should Google his name and oogle his images for a bit. While he was never deemed the world’s greatest photojournalist, he is responsible for two of the most famous war photographs of the Second World War and the Spanish Civil War of 1936 with his signature flair for being right in the midst of the action. Even as a war photographer who was having to dodge bullets to get the framing he desired, he saw the immediate value of closing the distance between him and his subject for that shot. While the majority of our readers will never step foot into a war zone to capture an image, there are some valuable lessons to be had in getting closer to your subject.
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