Slightly Out of Focus

Slightly Out of Focus

Book - 2001 | Modern Library pbk. ed.
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In 1942, a dashing young man who liked nothing so much as a heated game of poker, a good bottle of scotch, and the company of a pretty girl hopped a merchant ship to England. He was Robert Capa, the brilliant and daring photojournalist, and Collier's magazine had put him on assignment to photograph the war raging in Europe. In these pages, Capa recounts his terrifying journey through the darkest battles of World War II and shares his memories of the men and women of the Allied forces who befriended, amused, and captivated him along the way. His photographs are masterpieces -- John G. Morris, Magnum Photos' first executive editor, called Capa "the century's greatest battlefield photographer" -- and his writing is by turns riotously funny and deeply moving. From Sicily to London, Normandy to Algiers, Capa experienced some of the most trying conditions imaginable, yet his compassion and wit shine on every page of this book. Charming and profound, Slightly Out of Focus is a marvelous memoir told in words and pictures by an extraordinary man.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001, c1947.
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780375753961
Characteristics: xxii, 236 p. : ill.


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Dec 29, 2018

Entertaining misadventures of an enemy alien (Hungarian) deeply anti-facist photographer from getting a paperwork out of United States, puzzling over poker rules, court martial over photographing Norden device out of B-17 glass Nose, answering the call of Nature in a minefield, parachuting into Sicily to avoid being send back to US to possible detention by press representative officer, meeting Mr. Hemingway, going into D-Day, & what to do with girlfriend after the V-E day.
He definitely no Mr. Grumpy Bear Andy Rooney!
I wish it was happily ever after or a Hollywood movie with its notes of humanity sprinkled throughout memoir . However, author/iconic photographer died in 1950s covering a limited war by stepping over a landmine.

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