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[American Troops Landing on D-Day, Omaha Beach, Normandy Coast, France]

Artist:
Robert Capa (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1913–1954 Thai Binh)
Date:
1944
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
24.1 x 35.5 cm (9 1/2 x 14 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 2000
Accession Number:
1987.1100.501
Rights and Reproduction:
Photograph by Robert Capa © Cornell Capa / Magnum
Not on view
For twenty-two years as a war correspondent, Capa was a witness to the twentieth century's most momentous events: the Spanish Civil War, the London blitz, World War II, the birth of Israel, and the war in Indochina; he died after stepping on a mine while covering this last conflict. Capa could just as easily have perished on D-Day when he made this unforgettable photograph while wading ashore in Normandy with one of the first landings of soldiers on Omaha Beach. Capa made seventy-nine photographs of the first hours of the invasion. Tragically, a careless lab assistant ruined all but seven negatives, the only photographic record of the first wave.
Inscription: Extensive inscriptions in ink and pencil, and picture agency stamps in ink, verso OA
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