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ROBERT CAPA                        Life Magazine June 1954 Capa Dead                                     


Original Copy of Life Magazine telling of the tragic news of Robert Capa's death in Vietnam on May 25th 1954.  The article entitled, 'A GREAT WAR REPORTER AND HIS LAST BATTLE' runs over seven pages.  It includes an overview of his most famous images from Spain and World War II.  The article also includes images from the last roll of film Capa shot with his Contax, including his very last frame.

On May 25th, equipped with a Contax and a Nikon, Capa accompanied a column of French and Vietnamese Infantrymen in an advance on Vietminh positions at Doithan in the Red River Delta.  The advance had halted in the early afternoon due to an ambush.  Capa became bored, sat waiting in the armoured column, and set off on foot.

The French troops had dropped down into the fields adjacent to the road.  Capa joined them and photographed them as they advanced through the tall grass.   Capa then climbed up on the dike, shown in the right hand side of the last frame, where he stepped on a Vietminh anti-personnel mine.  He became the first journalist to be killed in Vietnam and the first Life photographer to die on assignment.  He was initially buried in Hanoi, before being returned to the States, where he was buried in Amawalk, outside New York.

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