Robert Capa (1913 - May 25, 1954) born Ernest Andrei Friedmann in Budapest. Capa was possibly the most famous war photographer of the 20th century. Robert Capa covered five different wars: the Spanish civil war, the Japanese invasion of China, World War II, London, North Africa, Italy, D-Day on Omaha Beach and the liberation of Paris are all history documented in part by Capa.
Capa began his career in the 1930's as a small time photographer. He would find himself in the middle of key historic events. From 1936 to 1939, he was all over Spain photographing the horrors the Spanish Civil War brought to the civilians. World War II would bring Capa all around the world photographing on behalf of an American company, even though he was a citizen of Greater Nazi Germany.
His most famous work was done on June 6th, 1944 (D-Day Normandy Invasion) where he swam up on the beaches like all the other soldiers that day, but instead of being armed with a gun, he was armed with a camera.
After a brief period of rest following World War II, Capa traveled far away to Southeast Asia where the French had been fighting for 8 years in the First Indochina War. Capa followed a French regiment on May 25th, 1954. At 2:55PM, the regiment passed through a dangerous area in deep forests. Capa, not watching where he was going, stepped on a landmine, ending his glorious career short.
The song "Kamikaze Cappa" was written by the Austrian pop-star Falco in 1986 as a tribute to the late Robert Capa. In 1947, Capa was one of the founders of the Magnum photography cooperative.