Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/27

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Capa was no coward!
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 22:14:25 -0400

At 05:40 PM 7/27/98 -0400, B D Colen wrote:
>Perhaps we're veering a bit off track here. The original post had nothing to
>do with whether Capa was a coward. Rather, it noted that the horrifically
>realistic D-Day sequence in the new Spielberg film, Saving Private Ryan,
>makes one wonder that anyone could have shot anything under those terrifying
>and physically appalling conditions. A photographer's decision to return to
>a ship after 30 minutes of shooting, or 30 seconds for that matter, might be
>viewed as an act of sanity, rather than as an act of cowardice.

I beg to differ. wrote:

>I've read that Capa only stayed 90 minutes before fear took over and he went
>back to the ships.  Imagine the poor GI's who didn't have that choice!

This is a direct imputation that Capa was a coward.  He was not.  He
returned to his ship NOT from fear or horror but to complete his task,
which was to send the film back to England.  The accusation of cowardice is
a canard, and a vile and base one, at that.

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