You ever feel like you’re faking it till you make it? You ever feel like changing your name and doing whatever you can to get a job? Do you feel like you’re about to be called out as a fake at any moment? Do you like to get drunk and jump out of airplanes into war zones? If you answered yes to any of this then Robert Capa is your new hero.

Capa recalls his time covering WWII and creating some of the most memorable images of that war. He talks about his loves, his fears, and his drink. Every now and then he mentions what camera he had with him. It’s a fast and fantastic read. Pick it up. You’ll enjoy it. If I ever do a book club here at DEDPXL this will probably be the first one we read.

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Zack Arias

A full time commercial and editorial photographer, Zack shoots everything from bands to CEOs to ad campaigns. A gifted teacher and communicator, he has an uncanny ability to meet and connect with all types of people.

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  1. Richard Wintle

    I love this book and am really pleased to see you referring to it here (sadly, I can’t make you a few shekels by ordering it via your link… I already own it! Come on everyone else, buy the thing. :)) Capa, it turns out, was also a gifted writer and this is full of clever, ironic vignettes.

    For those who like this, John Steinbeck’s “A Russian Journal” tells the tale of the two of them visiting post-war soviet Russia… featuring Capa photographs, and one very funny short chapter penned by Capa. Steinbeck skewers Capa a few times, alluding to some of his bohemian habits that are also evident in “Slightly Out Of Focus”. Great stuff and a fine companion to the Capa autobiography.

  2. Neal Kemsley

    Hi Zack

    I enjoyed this Slightly Out Of Focus too (as well as many of the articles on your blog)!

    For those who are interested in War Photojournalism and in particular the Vietnam Conflict, here is another book they might like to try:

    Lost Over Laos: A True Story Of Tragedy, Mystery, And Friendship
    (By Richard Pyle and Horst Faas)

    This book is a compelling account of the loss of four perhaps less well known photographers (less well known than Capa) in a helicopter over Laos, and the subsequent discovery and memorial of the crash site. It is also the story of four brave souls told by the Associated Press staff who strove to ensure that the lives of Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto are not forgotten.

    Thanks for taking the time to post the good stuff that you do!

    With warm regards,