LIFE FILE | THE AMERICAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION :: MOSCOW 1959 ::: as seen by HOWARD SOCHUREK + CARL MYDANS

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Robert Capa (Endre Ernő Friedmann) | 22 October 1913, Budapest, Austria-Hungary – 25 May 1954, Thai Binh, State of Vietnam

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The first Robert Capa Gold Medal was awarded in 1955 to Howard Sochurek.

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LIFE IS STRANGE DEPARTMENT:

Capa decided to forgo his usual holiday trip to New York at the end of 1953. He was at loose ends creatively, torn between photography and writing, which he did well. His back was seriously bothering him and he was still evading marriage. Early in 1954, however, he received an offer from Japan he could not refuse: to bring a Magnum exhibition to Japan, and to shoot whatever picture stories he wanted, with new Japanese cameras and lenses. In April he flew off to Tokyo. All was going well until, in late April, he accepted a Life assignment to substitute for Howard Sochurek in covering what proved to be the last weeks of the French war in Indochina. I phoned him to try to talk him out of going, saying, ‘it’s not our war.’ He went anyway, and on May 25 died instantly when he stepped on a land mine.

– National Press Photographers Association:  John G. Morris, “Henri Cartier-Bresson: Artist, Photographer and Friend”


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Carl Mydans joined LIFE magazine in 1936 as one of its earliest staff photographers.

Both photojournalists covered the Vietnam War (in its French and American incarnations):

Howard Sochurek in Vietnam, 1 January 1955

“Carl Mydans Color File Vietnam – Mekong Delta Tet Offensive Weeded Rejects”

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And both covered the Capitalism versus Communism showdown in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park during the summer of ’59.

Great work by two outstanding photojournalists.

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