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Capa's cameras.....

James Baker , Jun 05, 2005; 12:36 p.m.

Has anyone ever heard what happened to Capa's two cameras after he was killed?? As near as I can tell he was carrying a Nikon S or S2 and a Contax IIa. I wonder if they went back to Magnum or to his brother or were stolen??? Anyone have any info. ???


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Bill Mitchell , Jun 05, 2005; 12:43 p.m.

They must have survived, because both of the last shots he took have been published -- one in color and a similar one in B&W.

Alberto Krawczyk , Jun 05, 2005; 12:57 p.m.

Who was Capa?

Ray Generoso , Jun 05, 2005; 01:18 p.m.

It would really be impressive if the cameras did survive after Capa stepped on a mine. Unless, of course, he didn't have them on him.

Tito Carlos Maria Sobrinho , Jun 05, 2005; 01:20 p.m.

Alberto: Who was Capa? Find here!


Bonsignore Ezio , Jun 05, 2005; 04:07 p.m.

I don't know about Capa's cameras, but it is perfectly possible for a camera to survive his owner stepping on a mine. Indeed it is rather uncommon for someone to step on a mine and die. I don't want to go into gory details here but this is exactly what anti-personnel mines are designed to do - maim, not kill.

Nicolas Douez , Jun 05, 2005; 05:52 p.m.

Ezio, Robert Capa jumped on a mine that was certainly less "refined" than the last series ones - so, no "surgery" hit - but death.

Alberto, Robert Capa is just a major part of the legend of the contemporary 35mm photography. FYI click on this thread and then get some Robert Capa books asap.

James : just send an e-mail to Magnum Photos to ask them for, the cameras might be in their archives - as well can they be in Cornell Capa's cupboard.

The Bibliotheque Nationale de France (French National Library) just released at the end of 2004 a big retrospective exhibition dedicated to Bob Capa's work, the cameras might have been presented to the public then - no idea - ; the chief curator of the exhibition Mrs Laure Beaumont-Maillet might have some answers to that question though (laureDOTbeaumont-mailletATbnfDOTfr). If you get some piece of news regarding that topic I would learn them with great interest.

Pedro A. M. Vazquez , Jun 05, 2005; 09:06 p.m.

According to Richard Whelan in "Robert Capa - The definitive colection", after the blast, the Contax was in his left hand, clutched, but the Nikon was blown several feet away. I didn't know the color film inside the Nikon survived the blast, is this picture available on-line?

Nicolas Douez , Jun 06, 2005; 04:05 a.m.

Robert Capa's black and white last shot can be seen in several books, for example in "Robert Capa : photographies", edited by Richard Whelan, published in French by Sylvie Messinger.

I have found it on the web, alas it's a bad scan - but at least will you all have an idea.

Robert Capa's Nikon S was shown during the 2004 convention of the Nikon Historical Society - I attach a picture of it too.

Robert Capa's last shot in Vietnam - Robert Capa's Nikon S

Pedro A. M. Vazquez , Jun 06, 2005; 07:54 a.m.

Thanks Nicolas, but I mean the color pictures. The last B&W ones are on the 'The Definitive Colection'.

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