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A memorable expierence in photograpy

A Memorable Experience in Photography

To experience photography, one must have a certain style of

photographs to really appreciate or admire. Photographs are picturesque

images and views that really catch the interest of the photographer.

For me to experience and admire photography, it took me only one

photographer to really appreciate the power it has his name is Robert

Capa. Robert grew up in Hungary he experienced the political unrest and

turmoil. He lived under the oppression of Horthy and knew the kind of

anarchy that constitutes war(Images of War 8).

Robert's work represented 3 categories:

1. Images of battle.

2. Images of the effects of war.

3. Images of calamity(Photographs,Introduction).

His work also had a swift understanding and sympathy for the people

who suffer from being caught in war. This type of suffering made it

impossible for him to ignore the events which affected their

lives(Images of War 9). Robert's belief on photography is "If your

pictures are not good enough, your not close enough"(Photographs


Robert's breakthrough in the field of photography came during the

Spanish Civil War. His most famous picture was a snapshot of a

courageous man in the act of falling(Capa18). His own special talents

and course of world happenings, led him into a role as a professional

photographer of war(Images of War20). To really admire and understand

Capa, you must have a fascination for dramatic and emotional pictures of

war. There probably has been thousands who admire the work he does.

Well you can include me in that group of thousands. Capa puts into

perspective in just one photograph, something my grandfather will never

forget. The Bombing of Pearl Harbor. The photograph that brings back

these memories is taken somewhere in Europe during World War II. It's a

photograph that has the air full of scores of Japanese warplanes. They

are flying over war stricken farmland. As an American citizen, this

photograph brings a lot of emotions through me and would have brought

greater emotions to my grandfather. I used this photograph because it

brings back the memory of my grandfather telling me the story of how he

survived that tragic day.

On December 7, 1941, my grandfather was stationed at Pearl Harbor

as a airplane mechanic. It was still early in the morning and he was

still sleeping. Then out of nowhere he heard numerous explosions and

then the sirens went off._ _He rushed out of bed and ran upstairs to see

what was happening. In the sky he saw scores of Japanese airplanes

flying and bombing the area. Some of the airplanes would risk their own

lives to do more damage to the ships and the harbor.

My grandfather said it was just unbelievable what was happening.

You had to of been here to have a clear picture of the destroyed

surroundings. Numerous airplanes and ships were being destroyed and

hundreds were being wounded or killed. My grandfather said he was so

scared he did not know what to do. After it was all over he just sat

their in midst of all the destruction and cried. After he got his

emotions together, he helped in cleaning up one of the most disastrous

events in United States history.

This experience has been a emotional one for me. In my eyes my

grandfather was a hero and Robert Capa helps me recollect that image in

that one picture. This picture was not directly related to the event,

but it brings back the memories of the day my grandfather told me the

story. I never really was interested in photography, but now I realize

the beauty and power it can have on your emotions.

Works Cited

Capa, Robert. New York: Grossman, 1974.

Capa, Robert. Images Of War New York: Paragraphic Books, 1974.

Capa, Robert. Photographs

Eds. Cornell Capa and Richard Whelan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf

Inc, 1985.

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