Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
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Annotation: Recounts the achievements of photojournalism pioneers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro as they captured the tragedies of the Spanish Civil War and documented the fight against Facism.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #135645
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 294 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-9835-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-9835-8
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2016020545
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and positioned photographs create parallel narratives to the biography, adding depth to the fervor of Taro and Capa's intense relationship, political beliefs, and art. Timeline, websites. Bib. ind.
Publishers Weekly
Collaborating as their subjects did, Aronson and Budhos (Sugar Changed the World) vividly and intimately recount the story of pioneering war photojournalists Robert Capa (1913-1954) and Gerda Taro (1910-1937). Writing in the present tense to heighten the sense of being there, the authors focus primarily on the period when the photographers- professional and personal lives were almost completely intertwined, from soon after their meeting in 1934 Paris to Taro-s death in Spain three years later. Capa and Taro, Jewish immigrants with leftist leanings from Hungary and Germany, threw themselves into the Spanish Civil War with idealism, talent, intuition as photographers, and an exceptional willingness to take risks. Their photos-whether of fleeing civilians, snipers, refugees, bombed buildings, or soldiers-conveyed an immediacy never previously achieved and established a new standard for war reportage. The authors- analyses of the Capa-Taro relationship and the influence of their photographs on journalism are particularly strong; they conclude with the 2007 rediscovery of 4,500 negatives lost since the 1940s. Numerous reproductions of Capa and Taro-s work appear throughout, along with maps, a timeline, and other resources. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up&12; Robert Capa and Gerda Taro carved out careers as photojournalists, striving to capture the victories and defeats of the anti-Fascist freedom fighters during the Spanish Civil War. As European Jews, they understood the dangers of Nazi ideology. Thus, together with thousands of young idealists and a handful of literary giants (Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Neruda), they fought to defeat Franco and prevent another world war. Though their efforts were thwarted and countless lives (including Taro's) were lost, their photos, snapped in the middle of the action, were instrumental in bringing the war's horrors to the forefront of the global community and in firmly establishing a new kind of journalism that remains crucial to news reporting. Aronson and Budhos provide a detailed account of Capa's and Taro's sometimes conflicting romantic and professional lives. They also convey the brutality and senselessness of war in descriptions of battles and their aftermath. Original black-and-white photos complement the text, while explanatory charts, notes, and appendixes offer historical context. The use of present tense, interspersed with past tense references, occasionally distracts from the overall powerful content. VERDICT Intriguing and unusual subject matter for this age group; recommended for teen collections that serve patrons with an interest in journalism and history.&12; Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
This multilayered biography vividly introduces photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, setting their careers in the context of the Spanish Civil War, the run-up to World War II, and the birth of modern photojournalism. The prologue grabs readers with scenes of Capa risking his life to photograph Allied troops landing on D-Day. The narrative then moves back to Paris in 1934, when Capa and Taro first met. The chronological chapters quickly shift to Spain, where the couple repeatedly faced danger to capture the civil war in images, hoping to bolster the anti-fascist Loyalist cause while establishing themselves in their profession. Chapters labeled "interlude" discuss the dawn of modern photojournalism and the international participation in the war. Going beyond details of the two lives, the complex account also explores issues surrounding refugees of war, the relationship between journalists and soldiers, the nature of artistic collaboration, and the overlap of photojournalism and propaganda. The writing offers clarity while also evoking emotions and the senses. The present-tense narrative gives a sense of immediacy, although it also leads to sometimes-awkward juxtapositions with the past-tense quotations from those who knew the couple. Black-and-white photographs, many of which are described in the text, grace nearly every page. Captivating, powerful, and thought-provoking. (cast of characters, timeline, authors' note, sources, notes, bibliography, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 13 & up)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* The team behind Sugar Changed the World (2010) presents a fascinating look at the evolution of photojournalism during WWII by getting behind the lens with photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. Beginning with a dramatic account of Capa snapping pictures during the Normandy landings, the book then backtracks to the Spanish Civil War, "the prelude" to WWII, where Capa and Taro romantic and professional team de names for themselves with their daring and insightful pictures. Reproductions of these powerful black-and-white photos appear on almost every page, depicting the times and the photographers' individual styles; political posters and magazine spreads further enhance the text. Rather ambitiously, Aronson and Budhos address the escalating tensions between socialist and fascist regimes, the emergence of photographic news magazines and compact cameras, and the lives of Capa and Taro into one seamless discussion. Readers not only get a strong sense of who these photographers were as people, they will understand what made their pictures so special. Thoroughly researched and cited, the text offers a unique perspective on WWII by focusing on two expatriates unaligned with a specific country. Detailed appendixes help clarify the myriad political parties and historical figures who grace the text, as well as some controversial topics raised. Dense but never dull, this book exposes art and humanity in history.
Voice of Youth Advocates
Aronson and Budhos do a phenomenal job bringing the Spanish Civil War to life through the eyes of two young photojournalists, Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. This is the true story of Andre Capa and Ruth Taro, two Jewish refugees from Germany who sacrifice everything to bring the world moving images of Spain on the brink of World War II. The book is heavily illustrated with the dramatic photos of the artists. Eyes of the World reminds readers of the continuing obligation of studying the past so as not to be condemned to repeat it. In the compelling appendix, the authors present similarities between the current Syrian Civil War and the Spanish Civil War. The authors remind readers, "When the world community cannot act, global issues become personal choices." On a more optimistic note, Aronson writes, "Dreams matter, Spain should guide us not just to prepare for the challenges ahead . . . but to recall the force, the power of its yearning" (264).This is captivating nonfiction written in the style of fiction. There are detailed descriptions, and readers feel like they are experiencing the drama of war alongside these two dedicated photojournalists. It is also a fascinating account of Hemingway's experiences in Spain, which motivated his writing of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of the pictures themselves is remarkable: some of them were placed into safekeeping in the Mexican embassy during the Spanish Civil War and did not reappear until 1998, when they were discovered in a cabinet in Mexico and eventually sent to the International Center of Photography in New York. Even in today's world of Facebook and social media, Aronson and Budhos add unique commentary on how these two budding photojournalists, teens at the time, sacrificed everything for a cause they believed in to bring the world images from the front to help fight against fascism.Ellen Frank.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 43,312
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.0 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 188792 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:9.5 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q70758
Lexile: 1060L

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough." -Robert Capa Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation's most important struggle--the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees--people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes. Today, our screens are flooded with images from around the world. But Capa and Taro were pioneers, bringing home the crises and dramas of their time--and helping give birth to the idea of bearing witness through technology. With a cast of characters ranging from Langston Hughes and George Orwell to Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, and packed with dramatic photos, posters, and cinematic magazine layouts, here is Capa and Taro's riveting, tragic, and ultimately inspiring story. This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

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