Endre Friedmann’s name probably sounds unfamiliar to many, but when it comes to Robert Capa, everyone knows who he is, even though the two are the same. The Hungarian-born photographer was one of the most prominent military correspondents of the 20th century. Robert Capa’s tomb is in Vietnam, int Thai Binh where he lost his life during the Indochina War.
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you weren’t close enough,” comes the repeated phrase from him.
Endre Friedmann was born in Budapest in 1913, where he turned to photography at an early age. After secondary school and a detour in Berlin, he moved to Paris, where he took the name Robert Capa because he hoped for more assignments due to the “American-sounding” name. After the name change, he participated as a war correspondent in the Japan-China War, capturing the Normandy landing and the first Arab-Israeli war.
In 1954 LIFE Magazine sent him to Southeast Asia to cover the Indochina war that had been going on for 8 years.
At the age of forty, he died here when he stepped on a landmine near the Laotian border.