Artist: Robert Capa (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1913–1954 Thai Binh)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 24.1 x 35.5 cm (9 1/2 x 14 in.)
Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 2000
Accession Number: 1987.1100.501
Rights and Reproduction: Photograph by Robert Capa © Cornell Capa / Magnum
For twenty-two years as a war correspondent, Capa was a witness to the twentieth century's most momentous events: the Spanish Civil War, the London blitz, World War II, the birth of Israel, and the war in Indochina; he died after stepping on a mine while covering this last conflict. Capa could just as easily have perished on D-Day when he made this unforgettable photograph while wading ashore in Normandy with one of the first landings of soldiers on Omaha Beach. Capa made seventy-nine photographs of the first hours of the invasion. Tragically, a careless lab assistant ruined all but seven negatives, the only photographic record of the first wave.