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Establishing her reputation as one of history s most noteworthy war photographers, this account documents the work of Gerda Taro, the first female of her profession to die in action. Reflecting on the past of the woman born Gerta Pohorylle, this narrative chronicles this German Jew s escape from the Nazi party, her introduction to Andre Friedmann who would later become the greatest war photographer of the 20th century under his new identity, Robert Capa and her own adoption of a new alias and the photographic trade. Taro s portrayal of the Spanish Civil War is examined in detail, surveying her remarkable depictions of the soldiers, refugees, air raids, and battles. Vividly capturing the extraordinary figures the subject knew and lived with from Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn to Louis Aragon this record also highlights the assertion of political, sexual, and personal liberties that were central to her life. Demonstrating how her libertarian beliefs, steadfast courage, and eventual death made her a martyr of the antifascist movement, this study shows how Taro has been rediscovered amidst the 21st century as a pioneer for all women."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780285638259
ISBN-10: 0285638254
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 137
Imprint: Souvenir Press Ltd
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Francois Maspero

Francois Maspero is one of France s major literary figures. He is the founder of the Maspero publishing house, a novelist, and the French translator for many notable authors, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Arturo Perez-Reverte."