Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/21

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Robert Capa Photo
From: Paul Chefurka <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 04:32:36 -0700

Just to clarify - my comment was entirely facetious.  I fully accept that the photo is real, and that it was a lucky accident of historic proportions (for Capa, that is, not the poor sod in the picture).


- -----Original Message-----
From: Raimo Korhonen []
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2001 4:26 AM
Subject: Vs: [Leica] Robert Capa Photo

Yeah - and when the pose was right, the bullet hit. I find this not quite believable.
The other negatives in this film have been published (and they show the man alive but not posing before the hit), the location and time established, the man identified and his next of kin interviewed... etc. Contrary to many speculations the picture is real.
All the best!
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- -----Alkuperäinen viesti-----
Lähettäjä: Paul Chefurka <>
Vastaanottaja: '' <>
Päivä: 21. kesäkuuta 2001 0:03
Aihe: RE: [Leica] Robert Capa Photo

>No way - it was posed.  You know, like the war photog in the trench who asks his subject to "Just lift your head up a little higher, the light's better...a little higher...that's right... Whoa!  Good shot!"
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Mxsmanic []
>Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 3:49 PM
>Subject: Re: [Leica] Robert Capa Photo
>Alan Hull writes:
>> I cannot see how anybody can have reactions
>> quick enough to have captured that image ...
>I think he just got lucky, and I don't think he ever claimed otherwise.