This man is not dead yet butÂ he will be in the next few milliseconds.
This is “the falling soldier” ofÂ Robert Capa. The image was made during the Spanish civil warÂ around 1935. “The best tele lensesÂ are your own legs”Â was the motto of Robert Capa’s way of work. The Spanish soldier is clearly shot in the head and theÂ frame wasÂ made from very close range. This is, of course, unique; no one was so close to the death like this photographer.Â
I’m sure you’ll easily understand why this picture is a legendary one. The thin line between life and death is captured here. It is impossible not to mention this image in any history ofÂ war photography.Â
Robert CapaÂ was one of the most important war photographers. He was everywhere, Spanish civil war, the Second World War, d-day on Omaha beach, Israel, Russia and Indochina. He died in Indochina when he stepped on a land mine in 1954.Â Â ÂÂ