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Guest Post 22: Doreen Landry Millichip on Bob Landry (b)

It is now about 57 years since Bob admitted to me that he had “taken a swing” at the guy [John Morris], so I am really hazy about this. Bob never went into details and although this loss [of his D-Day film] was obviously an event he would never forget, his philosophy was that “Life is too short to hate anyone or bear a grudge.” […]

Alternate History: Robert Capa and Time/Life (1)

Capa resigned his lucrative staff position at LIFE in January 1947 to go freelance once more. He may have made that choice in part so as not to bite the hand that fed him when his fictionalized memoir, “Slightly Out of Focus,” came out that fall, with its first formal, on-the-record claim directly from him that the magazine’s London staff had ruined his D-Day films. […]

Alternate History: Robert Capa on D-Day (24)

Donald Winslow wrote recently in a May 11 Facebook post, “Investigative journalism is a lifetime of uncovering other people’s and government’s lies.” This from the editor of the official journal of the National Press Photographers Association who commissioned a feature article dismissive of our research, violating every tenet of journalistic ethics regarding full disclosure and conflict of interest by publishing the result in “News Photographer.” This man has no shame; his hypocrisy truly knows no bounds. […]

Guest Post 17: Charles Herrick on Capa’s D-Day (b)

Capa’s two photos have become iconic images symbolizing inertia, fear and even the failure of nerve of the common soldier on the beaches of Normandy. What a travesty that these men who made decisive contributions to the success of the campaign, despite every danger and hindrance, should have become poster boys for lack of resolve under fire. And all as the result of a caption that told the wrong story. […]

Guest Post 17: Charles Herrick on Capa’s D-Day (a)

Since Capa himself provided no notes for his D-Day images, captioning them was left to those who had never witnessed an amphibious assault, much less the Omaha Beach landings. When LIFE’s editors added a caption that was accurate in the macro sense — but wholly inaccurate for that particular scene — they condemned this photo to misreading for decades to come. […]