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The Falling Soldier - A Fake?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Reloader, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Reloader

    Reloader Mi Lieutenant MI.Net Member

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    It's one of Robert Capa's earliest and most famous images. A soldier of the Spanish Civil War, caught at the moment of dying. The authenticity of the photo has often been questioned, but doubt has been raised again that the image was staged, in a report in today's 'Independent' newspaper:


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    I have looked closely at this image before, trying to find some clue as to where the soldier was hit, but found nothing. Regardless of whether it is real or a fake, I still think it is one of the most powerful images of war that I have seen. Capa went on to become one of the world's most famous photo-journalists.
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  2. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Hmm it seems to me either the photographer was very lucky and happened to be pointing in the right direction at the right time or it is a fake?.

    Agree though that it is a powerful image.

    like you mate I see no sign of imapct as i would have expected, at least flesh passing to the rear of the soldier???
  3. John A Silkstone United Kingdom

    John A Silkstone Mi General MI.Net Member

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    The man may not have been shot, but lost his footing and a more dramatic title given to the picture.

    Just a thought.

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  4. BravoZulu Australia

    BravoZulu Mi Staff Sergeant MI.Net Member

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    A very famous image and full of conjecture as to being false or real.

    I have always questioned the chance of Capa getting this photo, he had to be there with his back towards where the action was and facing this guy. The guy is coming downhill and Capa just happened to get the photo as he is hit.

    A powerful image and I don't think it will ever be confirmed if it was staged as has been postulated, or a very real and lucky (for Capa) shot.

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