Today marks the 100th birthday of one of the most influential photographers of all time. If you own a camera, read on…The late Robert Capa’s photographs of conflict have been an inspiration (and a challenge) to generations of photojournalists hoping to follow his example. One of his most famous pronouncements on the medium still resonates in the minds of countless practitioners of the craft the world over:
“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
Magnum Photos is commemorating his centenary by asking photographers everywhere to Get Closer.
For the next 100 days Magnum will be pairing one of Capa’s images with another made by a renowned photographer that visually “responds” to the Capa picture. After that, YOU are invited to take part, as photographers everywhere are asked to contribute their own visual responses his work by uploading photographs to any social media platform and tagging them with #GetCloser100.
The project kicks off today with these photographs:
A French military convoy marches past a rice field on its way north towards Doai Tan, Vietnam, May 25, 1954, Robert Capa
Tamil Tigers march in Sri Lanka, 1995, Steve McCurry