Biography: Robert Capa was born as Endre Erno Friedmann in 1913 in Budapest, Hungary, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He died in 1954. He emigrated from Hungary in 1936 to Berlin, and then to France, to escape the growing menace of anti-semitism. Seeking to be a journalist, he became a photo-journalist, instead. Changing his name to Robert Capa, because of his admiration for the American film director, Frank Capra, he went on to cover the Spanish Civil War World War II, the first Arab-Israeli War, and the first Indochina War.
Cornell Capa, Robert's younger brother, was born (as Cornell Friedmann) in 1918, also in Budapest. He moved from Budapest to Paris in 1936, to work with as a photographer with his brother, taking his brother's new last name. In 1937, he moved to New York to work as a photo-technician for Life magazine. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II, then became a staff photographer for Life after the war. Cornell Capa died in 2008.
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