Death In The Making: Robert Capa’s Construction Of The Spanish Civil War
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Published in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, Death in the Making established Robert Capa as one of the greatest war photographers of the 20th century. Though photography can be used merely to provide evidence for the existence of an event, place, or person in history, the study of Capa’s book reveals a construction of the Spanish civil war which serves both the author’s political and personal agenda. From the way Capa structured his book, to his use of captions and deliberate misrepresentations of chronology and location, his photographs are actively curated and influenced by the photographer himself to elicit anti-Fascist sympathies. This thesis explores Capa’s background, which gave him motivation for an unapologetically critical view of the Nationalist ideology and equipped him with the technique and temerity to capture the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.