Robert Capa

Capa practically invented the image of the globe-trotting war photographer, with a cigarette appended to the corner of his mouth and cameras slung over his fatigues. His fearlessness awed even his soldier subjects, and between battles he hung out with Hemingway and Steinbeck and usually drank too much, seeming to pull everything off with panache. William Saroyan wrote that he thought of Capa as “a poker player whose sideline was picture-taking.”

A cache of Robert Capa’s negatives have been recovered. This is what worries me about the massive and rushed transition to digital – no one will ever find and print an ancient cache of flash cards, and even if they did, it’d be from only one shoot. (via Kottke)