Establishing her reputation as one of history’s most noteworthy war photographers, this account documents the work of Gerda Taro, the first female of her profession to die in action. Reflecting on the past of the woman born Gerta Pohorylle, this narrative chronicles this German Jew’s escape from the Nazi party, her introduction to Andre Friedmann—who would later become the greatest war photographer of the 20th century under his new identity, Robert Capa—and her own adoption of a new alias and the photographic trade. Taro’s portrayal of the Spanish Civil War is examined in detail, surveying her remarkable depictions of the soldiers, refugees, air raids, and battles. Vividly capturing the extraordinary figures the subject knew and lived with—from Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn to Louis Aragon—this record also highlights the assertion of political, sexual, and personal liberties that were central to her life. Demonstrating how her libertarian beliefs, steadfast courage, and eventual death made her a martyr of the antifascist movement, this study shows how Taro has been rediscovered amidst the 21st century as a pioneer for all women.
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There are some books that transend their purpose. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Francois Maspero's "Out Of The Shadows..." is a brief (128 pages) biography of Gerda Taro, who is remembered today as Robert Capa's lover and photographic assistant. Taro died in 1937 and is believed to be the first female photojournalist to die in combat. Curiously, the book begins with Maspero's imaginary interview with Taro 70 years after her death! Much of the book is written in a melodramatic style and lacks meaningful analysis. Maspero has the annoying habit of refering to Capa as "Bob," suggesting that he and Capa were close friends. The book lacks both an index and footnotes. Errors of fact can be found throughout the book. On page 50 Maspero claims that Taro died at the age of 27. It is fact that she died at the age of 26 and was burried on what would have been her 27th birthday. On page 57 Maspero wrongly attributes one of Taro's better known photographs to Capa. In the past few...
A decent work, there are some factual discrepancies, but then, in all works on Taro and Capa, they appear....time and memory tends to do that, it is nothing significant, I found it well written.
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