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WWII – Courageous Women, Nancy Wake & Lee Miller

August 8th, 2011

Heroine Wake a ‘role model for courage’

“They could not catch her,” he said.
“Whenever somebody dobbed her in, they would go there and she would be gone. Nancy would get away from them.
“The world offered a reward for anyone who could catch The White Mouse. They grabbed her husband, Henri, and the Gestapo tortured him to death.”

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Farewell to Nancy Wake, the mouse who ran rings around the Nazis
The WW2 resistance heroine, who has died aged 98, was ‘a force of nature’ who topped the Gestapo’s most-wanted list

Charlotte Gray

The story is thought to be based on the exploits of Nancy Wake, codenamed the white mouse, a member of the resistance in war time France and Pearl Cornioley, a British secret service agent.

  • Lee Miller Lee Miller photograph by Man Ray (repost) by Man Ray
    Lives of Lee Miller –

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    Lee Miller taking a bath in Hitler’s bathroom.

    Portrait of Max Ernst by Lee Miller

    Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros – In Memoriam

    April 20th, 2011

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    Time by Paul Moakley

    Today, the devastating news arrived that Tim Hetherington had been killed in Misratah, Libya. He was many things: a journalist, a photographer, a filmmaker, an artist and friend. He recently won popular acclaim after the documentary Restrepo, which he directed, was nominated for an Oscar.

    New Yorker with photo -slideshow

    “The media landscape is in flux, and so am I,” said Hetherington. “Who knows what the future holds.”

    The Documentary Blog Recommends: Diary by Tim Hetherington
    Diary

    His homepage

    Mohammed Kgarbo Blind school
    Milton Margai School for the Blind. Sierra Leone. (Photograph by Tim Hetherington)

    Restrepo trailer

  • R.I.P Chris Hondros

    Earlier today, April 20, photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed on assignment in Misrata, Libya. He was 41 and recently engaged to be married.
    His long list of awards — from being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking-news photography (2004), to winning the Robert Capa Gold Medal (2005) for “best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise” — attest to Chris’s skill and legacy as a photographer

    R.I.P Christian Poveda

    September 4th, 2009

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    R.I.P Chrstian Poveda

    A French film-maker and photojournalist who spent years researching a documentary on the criminal underbelly of El Salvador’s gang culture has been found dead in the Central American country, police said today. More, here from Guardian.

    Did he die for his art? (Independent)

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  • See La Vida Loca photos by Chrisitan Poveda

    R.I.P Philip Jones Griffiths

    March 20th, 2008

    A Welsh photojournalist renowned for his coverage of the Vietnam war has died at the age of 72. (BBC)

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  • From 1966 to 1971, Mr Jones Griffiths reported on the Vietnam war, publishing a photojournalism book focused on the suffering of civilians.
    Vietnam Inc galvanised the anti-war movement in the United States and helped to turn public opinion against the war.
    It is now hailed as a classic of photojournalism.

    In an interview with the BBC news website published in 2005, Mr Jones Griffiths said: “The only thing we photographers really want more than life, more than sex, more than anything, is to be invisible.”

    Robert Capa – War and Ingrid Bergman

    March 10th, 2006

    Photo of Matisse Matisse by Robert Capa
    by Robert Capa

    Famous photo of Picasso with Francoise Gilot here.

    Photo of Ingrid bathtub-capa-picture(Capa botched the original and this one by someone who took similar photo that Capa lost).

    It has turned out that there was more to Ingrid Bergman and her good taste in Photography in choosing Gordon Parks to capture her life at Stromboli. (See my previous post).

    Remembering that Ingrid had an affair with Robert Capa, I googled their names and came across this information.
    “Her famous love affair with the war photographer, Robert Capa was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.”

    How did I miss this? Wow.

    “Alfred Hitchcock noticed the attraction and the tensions when Capa visited Bergman on the set of Notorious, and he used some of that mood in Rear Window.

    Isabelle Rossellini is delighted and gives us the story of her mom’s affair with Capa, from here.

    ” In 1936, believing he needed a more striking name, he decided on the byline Robert Capa, and, with his girlfriend Gerda Taro, he made editors believe he was a famous American photographer and they paid him inflated prices.
    Many myths surround the name, but the most popular is that he wanted to be confused with American film director Frank Capra. ”
    Here is an outline of his life – Terror through the eys of a pacifist.

    “He was also a man whose charm burned like a cigarette; a steady womanizer, beloved by men of action, soldiers, writers, hotel porters, and riffraff, too.” (from here)

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    (Holding a baby fathered by Nazi soldier, a french women dishonored by her countrymen)

    “Looking at the pictures, one can see he was invariably at the hottest actions, taking extraordinary risks: in Mexico, Spain, France, China or Cambodia.
    His pictures display remarkable compassion for the subjects. Although he shows bodies, his shots convey the dignity, determination and fearlessness of the victims.
    Perhaps this was his greatest contribution: elevating photojournalism to the highest levels of integrity, while his daredevil gambles, moving pictures and charisma made the profession glamorous. ” (via east pix.com)

    D-Day Photos by Capa or Private Ryan not found

    He started Magnum – his page here.