#picturethis: #anonymouswasawoman: The first female war photographer killed in action was 26 and had a brilliant career ahead of…

tumblr_oor61ubePn1s2s7b2o1_1280.jpg

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

#picturethis: #anonymouswasawoman: The first female war photographer killed in action was 26 and had a brilliant career ahead of her – @timelinenow:

Because of her size, stealth, and quickness, and her strawberry blond mane, Gerda Taro was often called “the little red fox.” The intrepid photojournalist was one of the first women ever to capture a war on film, and is thought to be first female war correspondent killed in action. In his diary, Alfred Kantorowicz, a German-Jewish writer and intellectual exiled in France who was friends with Taro, described meeting up with her in Spain. Taro, he writes, was beautiful, wearing “trousers, a beret pulled down over beautiful red-blond hair, and dainty revolver at her waist.”

She was born Gerta Pohorylle in Stuttgart, Germany. To escape anti-Semitism, she moved to Paris in 1934, where she met a young Hungarian political exile named Andre Friedmann. Both had been involved in anti-fascist activism; Taro was arrested the year before for passing out anti-Nazi propaganda, and Andre was being pursued by the Hungarian police. The two began a professional collaboration that quickly became a love affair. In the climate of escalating anti-Semitic hostility, neither could afford to keep their Jewish surnames. Together, they invented Robert Capa, a wealthy American news photographer in Europe for the first time, and both took photos under his name. They renamed themselves Gerda Taro and Robert Capa — Taro chose her name both as an homage to Japanese avant-garde painter Taro Okamoto and because it was “proximate to Greta Garbo.”

(Captions on link.)