Homework #4

After reading “Richard Whelan’s discussion of Capa’s photograph” I definitely find his arguments convincing. His use of evidence and engagement was convincing as well. Carefully analyzing his photograph, I don’t think his photo was staged. The man’s body position looks realistic as his back arch with the impact of the shot into his body. In addition, the motion of the man’s arm/hand is revealed by how he is letting go of his gun. I definitely believe that its authenticity matters because the image is so real. It looks real! Therefore, it wouldn’t be questioned by many. This image reminds me of the image that showed a soldier left in between rocks. Both of the images portrait exactly what war is really about. However, the image of that soldier was staged to catch a crowds attention. It was a dead body that had absolutely no motion. On the other hand, Capa’s photograph shows the motion as it took place. He clearly captured the image at the right time. The image was able to show each move as the body collapsed and unfortunately dies. The gun falling and making an impact, all helps the audience prove that the image was not staged.

Homework #4 Robert Capa Response

In the wake of perusing “Richard Whelan’s exchange of Capa’s photo” I certainly discover his contentions persuading. His utilization of proof and commitment was persuading also. Precisely breaking down his photo, I don’t think his photograph was staged. The man’s body position looks reasonable as his back curve with the effect of the shot into his body. What’s more, the movement of the man’s arm/hand is uncovered by how he is grabbing his weapon. I certainly trust that its realness matters on the grounds that the picture is so genuine. It looks genuine! Subsequently, it wouldn’t be addressed by many. This picture helps me to remember the picture that demonstrated a trooper left in the middle of rocks. Both of the pictures representation precisely what war is extremely about. It was a dead body that had definitely no movement. Then again, Capa’s photo demonstrates the movement as it occurred. He purposely caught the picture at the ideal time and place. The weapon falling and having an effect, all enables the crowd to demonstrate that the picture was not organized. It certainly was a real photo taken in real time. The critics will believe what they want to believe about this photograph.

Homework #4

After reading Richard Whelan’s “Proving That Robert Capa’s ‘Falling Soldier’ is Genuine: A Detective Story” I still do not find his argument convincing enough to believe that Robert Capa’s photo wasn’t staged. His evidence was strong but when you take a longer look at the images and what others had to say it seemed more likely that the images were fake. The man’s body seemed too unrealistically moving for someone who has been shot. Also, his face expression is not of somebody that is in pain, rather he looks like he is relaxed. The person in the photograph is said to have been shot in the head, but where is the blood? This is more evidence that makes me believe this picture was staged. There are two pictures that Whelan uses to further explain his point, and the argument behind these pictures is that both photographs were taken of the same person and they have two completely various positions which makes it look staged. Whelan quickly proves that its not the same person due to their clothes, even though this may be true this still doesn’t prove that both the pictures couldn’t be staged again because there is no sign of pain in their faces nor is there blood to show they have been shot.


I believe that Capa’s photograph of the falling soldier was and was not staged. Firstly, I believe that this photograph was staged because compared to the second image, a real person that gets shot won’t fall like that. The impact of the bullet will be too strong to cause a person to react in that way. But then again, everyone will react differently to getting shot. Depending on a slightly different angle the bullet comes from. Maybe the photograph wasn’t staged, but there is not any valid proof that is was except the reaction of the soldier while being shot. This image could have been taken as soon as the bullet hit him, explaining why the posture of the soldier was so open and outward. In addition to proving that this image is not staged, there was no proof of Capa telling anyone that this image was staged.

Authenticity does matter. If an image is authentic the image is genuine. Genuine images attract people. People begin to be filled with emotions to react to these images. Capa’s image is authentic because someone is dying, and this was not staged at all.


Hw # 4

  • Robert Capa’s “ Death of a loyalist solder” in my opinion is staged because I believe that there would be blood. I feel like when someone is shot there is blood that shoots out of the wound but it doesn’t look like that’s happening. On the other hand when you think about it I’m not too sure because it’s such a beautiful image staged or not. Capa was able to show the families something similar to how their loved ones died. I also find Robert Whelan’s argument convincing but I feel like to determine if the photo is staged or not you have to think about what your personal definition of staged is. I really think that Capa’s photo is similar to the photo of the guy getting ready to be shot because he was Japanese. I think both of those images are super powerful and they give a great insight to the terrors of war, because civilians who didn’t go to war didn’t know what soldiers had to see and go through. Due to photographers like Capa people finally got to see why war messed up so many of our young men. I really wish that we had more images like this for the two wars that we don’t need to be in because I find war photos so beautiful and I find that it takes a great photographer to actually take amazing war photos.

Homework #4


I determined the photo Falling Solider by Robert Capa is authentic. I examined in the photography, the aliment of the falling solider legs, arms and position of the gun. From what I can see within the photo the gun seem as though it is actually sliding out of the soldiers hand and the jerking motion of his body suspended in practically off the ground. It is pretty difficult to reenact a position of that nature and even believe Capa maybe able to capture such a moment within a split second of a flick of his camera. For example, “Cape was about to flick hid camera, a hidden enemy started to open fire and Borrell was hit and died instantly and went limp while still on his feet.” This very important detailed surfaced through the evidence Richard Whelan discovered during his research. My impression, of Capa’s photograph leads me to believe that it is real because their isn’t enough time to capture such an iconic such as what Capa displayed. The purpose of photography is to pursue the audience of a moment that was capture through another person view and with that being said I consider that Capa was able to obtain that point in time though the Falling Solider.

HW #4

When I first saw the image before reading the article, I thought the image was staged because of the gesture of the falling soldier. The way he was falling, the legs seemed to be unusual. I’ve not yet seen anyone falling in such a gesture with his thighs almost parallel to the ground. The way he was falling onto the ground gave me feeling of someone who is scared of falling trying to fall on his butt.

However, after reading the article, the writer convinced me a little, especially with the conversation with Capt. Franks about how the fingers of the falling soldier were placed on the left thigh, “the fingers are somewhat curled toward the palm clearly indicates that the man’s muscles have gone limp and that he is already dead.” This explanation seemed to be biological which is powerful than people’s guesses and interpretations.

I felt like authenticity does matter, but what can we call to be authentic. These images seemed to be more powerful and convincing when staged which designed gestures. But these people and places in the photo are who they are, those are facts. Photographers staged their photos so that they created a stronger message which was their main purpose. If you look at the photos in such aspect, the photos would be more acceptable.

HW #4 Robert Capa’s Death of a Loyalist Soldier

Despite the multiple arguments within Richard Whelen’s article, I believe that the photograph of the falling soldier by Robert Capa is overall authentic and not staged. The argument behind whether or not this photograph was staged or not is a very important one as this photograph ultimately became the first photograph to capture the death of a man during a war. Overall, just by looking at the position of the man within the photograph it is very hard to maintain the position he was in with a sitting position falling down and also like Captain Robert L. Frank stated in his conversation with Whelen, it is hard for a man to know how to curl his fingers like he was in the photograph consciously. A photograph Robert Capa’s photograph can be compared to is Alex Gardner’s Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter in which it was fairly clearly staged. In the photograph Gardner left many notable signs that it was staged such as the positioning of gun against the rocks and the orientation of the soldier facing the viewer. In comparison, Capa’s photograph on the other hand still leaves a lot to be answered when looking at the possibilities of it being staged as unlike Gardner’s photograph ultimately left controversial evidence of it being staged as a lot of these things would be very hard to recreate.

Robert Capa’s Death of a Loyalist Soldier ( RESPONSE )

It was a universal occurrence during the Spanish Civil War for photographs to be staged; because they did not have any freedom of movement and also unable to go to active fronts, , photographers resorted to pictures of soldiers feigning combat. Capa asserted that the photograph was taken at the battle site of Cerro Muriano, but research suggests it was taken in the town of Espejo,30 miles away. I think the photograph was staged because someone being shot would be in more pain and agony and would be in a agonizing posture falling to the ground. His facial expression was not dramatic as he had seen been in danger , This controversial arguments is in comparison to  Home Of The Rebel Sharpshooter by Matthew Brady which was also a photo taken in during war periods, which a dead solider rifles sits neatly beside him.In my perspective, those times I would not consider authenticity to matter because photographer did not have the tools and resources we have now to present certain type of photographs to the public and giving credit to them , they made the effort for people to have an understanding of what was happening during war by using these photos whether staged or real.

HW#4: Robert Capa’s Death of a Loyalist Soldier

Falling Soldier

Robert Capa, “Death of a Loyalist Soldier” 1936

At the age of 23, Robert Capa took a photograph that many have labeled the greatest war photograph of all time. Taken during the Spanish Civil War, the renown of Capa’s photograph, Falling Soldier or Death of a Loyalist Soldier, reverberated around the world as it was published and republished in contemporary news magazines. However, Capa’s photo has been shadowed by controversy, including accusations of fakery. Click on the link below and read an analysis on the image by Capa’s biographer, Robert Whelan, on the authenticity of the photograph. Do you find his arguments convincing? Do you think Capa’s photograph is staged or not? And do you think its authenticity matters? If you wish, you can compare Capa’s photograph to another controversial image.

Richard Whelan’s discussion of Capa’s photograph

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Please post your responses by Monday, April 30th.

HW#3: Photographing and Describing Composition

com·po·si·tion      \käm-pə-ˈzi-shən\        noun

  1. arrangement into specific proportion or relation and especially into artistic form.
Paul Strand photo of a worker carrying a large Parmesan cheese wheel

Paul Strand, Parmesan wheel, Luzzara, Italy, 1953 From: www.theguardian.com

For this week’s homework, think about the idea of composition in food, and how does one capture good composition in a photograph. Composition is an art history term that refers to the arrangement of elements within a work of art. An equivalent would be the attention given to plating in hospitality. For the homework, please take a food-related photograph and upload it to Instagram, and describe the composition. For example, look at the photograph by Paul Strand and note how the figure of a man carrying a Parmesan cheese wheel fills up most of the frame. The man’s head, the tops of shoulders and his hand are visible next to the large, circular form of the cheese. The composition gives you a sense of the strength of the worker, the size of the cheese wheel, and the physical labor involved in producing Parmesan. Take a food-related photo (something you made or saw), and upload your photo to Instagram with a short 150-character (150 letters not words!) caption describing the composition of your photograph. 

Please use the Hashtags  #JayStCam or #ArtTartTech.

If you do NOT want to use Instagram, please post your photo here on the OpenLab and write a 100-word description.