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Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism

By: Marc Aronson

Marina Budhos

Packed with dramatic photos, posters, and maps, this compelling book captures the fascinating story of photojournalism in modern times. Note to reader. Appendices. Cast of characters. Time line. Authors' notes. Sources. Notes. Bibliography. Web resources. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9780805098358

JLG Release: May 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Topics: Robert Capa (1913–1954) , GertaTaro (1910–1937) , Photojournalists , Europe , Biography , Photojournalism , War photographers , Spain's Civil War, 1936–1939 , World War II (1939–1945)

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Awards & Honors

2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Ten to Fourteen
MSL Cream of the Crop - 2018
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Nonfiction
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Horn Book Fanfare List 2017, Nonfiction
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Nonfiction
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Nonfiction Older Readers
Tablet Magazine Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017, Middle Grade
The Washington Post Best Books Children’s Books of 2017, Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Publishers Weekly, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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[STARRED REVIEW]
This passionate, sprawling, multilayered biography begins like a Robert Capa photograph: right in the middle of the action. Readers are thrust into the D-Day landing, with all the terror, fatigue, bloodshed, and danger of that harrowing day as Capa photographs the Normandy Invasion. The narrative then flashes back to Ca
[STARRED REVIEW]
This passionate, sprawling, multilayered biography begins like a Robert Capa photograph: right in the middle of the action. Readers are thrust into the D-Day landing, with all the terror, fatigue, bloodshed, and danger of that harrowing day as Capa photographs the Normandy Invasion. The narrative then flashes back to Capa’s childhood and emigration from Hungary to Paris, his budding career as a photographer, and his meeting and falling in love with Gerda Taro. The two reinvent themselves as “photojournalists,” traveling to Spain to document the Spanish Civil War. Fiercely supporting the Loyalists in opposition to Franco, Capa and Taro make no effort to cover the war impartially, a point that Aronson and Budhos stress as they discuss the development of the new field of photojournalism. In two separate “Interludes” the authors also provide a tutorial on “reading” pictures: how a photographer’s positioning, shooting angle, and framing can make a statement and create a distinct point of view. And they go far beyond the telling, showcasing multiple photographs and graphics substantiating these conclusions. The carefully selected and positioned photographs in each chapter create parallel narratives to the biography, adding depth to the fervor of Taro and Capa’s intense relationship, political beliefs, and art. An opening note sends readers to a website where ancillary material, such as a timeline and a discussion of the political parties in Spain, can be found. Extensive back matter covers topics as varied as the controversy over Capa’s Falling Soldier photograph; the parallels to the contemporary war in Syria; biographical notes of well-known individuals, from Langston Hughes to Benito Mussolini, involved in the Spanish Civil War; thorough source notes; an extensive bibliography; and an index. betty carter

Book Details

ISBN

9780805098358

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

070.49092

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 8; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.5; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 1060L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Topics

Robert Capa (1913–1954), GertaTaro (1910–1937), Photojournalists, Europe, Biography, Photojournalism, War photographers, Spain's Civil War, 1936–1939, World War II (1939–1945),

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