We don’t know it for sure if he was really the last soldier to die in the second world war even on the Allied side. It can easily be possible this is not the truth. Robert Capa however photographed his death as last and thus he is remembered to be the last allied soldier to die in the war. What makes this all most important is how Capa thinks about him in his only partially fictional autobiography.
This time at the end of the year there are all sorts of reckoning about the passed year. One of the saddest of these is the statistics how many journalists were killed, jailed or exiled for their work.
The Battle of the Bulge was seventy years ago in this period of the year. CNN now remembers the anniversary with the pictures of the world famous Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa.
When I write this post TV airs again the movie about the background of one of the most memorable photos of the history (not only military history) of the US. The title is none other than Flag of our Fathers. The battle at Iwo Jima on the Pacific war scenes of World War II shot with the eye of the special director Clint Eastwood.
Peter and David Turnley photograph the various conflict zones of the world the way many other photojournalists do and they have amusing and horrifying stories about their job like many other photographers. But they have some extra stories about how the two identical twins get some times mixed up or just looked on strange when they are seen working together. They have the same genes and the same professional background that often results quite similar images as well.
This is a book every photographer should read, but I think it is worth to read it for everyone else. Especially if one is interested in any form of photography, media, war, history and likes well written funny stories – especially all of these goes for you.
James Nachtwey is one of the best known documentary photographers. He spent most of his life as a war photographer covering the hottest battlefields of the world….