Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Endre Erno Friedmann in Hungary—the man who became Robert Capa, the grand old dean of combat photographers. And to celebrate, James Estrin at the Lens Blog has a wonderful little article that includes a rare find—new and unique recordings of Bob Capa's voice.
The recording, from October of 1947, was recently released by the International Center of Photography. Before it was found, even his major biographer had never heard his voice.
What a treat!
(Thanks to Bruce Rubenstein and Francisco Cubas)
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Gabor Gasztonyi: "Thanks for sharing this incredible voice recording of Robert Capa. I just returned today from Budapest and went to the fantastic and very moving Robert Capa Anniversary Exhibition at the Hungarian National Museum. Images were displayed from different time periods in his career including the very famous photograph of Leon Trotsky.
"Oddly, there was also a bathtub in the exhibit which attempted to symbolize the fact that he liked to take long baths in the morning, lasting up to an hour an a half. His Contax camera was also on display as well as notebooks from his childhood and a bank passbook from Budapest—with a very small balance as I recall. His mother and father ran a tailor shop in Budapest and from what I have seen he tended to wear very good quality suits. There was not however a recording of his voice, which I thought was strange."
Leigh Perry: "Which reminds me: his death (and Gerda Taro's) provide the unlikely subject matter for a wonderful song."
jean-louis salvignol: "This portrait of Capa by Ruth Orkin is disturbing in that it really gives the image that one has of him. And yet it is perfect without being a caricature. Incidentally Ruth Orkin is a tremendous photographer too forgotten today."