Sunday, June 20

Video. June 6, 1944: what are the most famous photos of the D-Day hiding behind? – Flashback # 3

Grainy, blurry, overexposed… the eleven photos taken by Robert Capa during the Normandy landings, at Omaha Beach, are nevertheless legendary. Captured as close as possible to the fighting, on one of the D-Day hot spots, they give the measure of the anguish and the courage of the Allied soldiers on June 6, 1944.

Behind the lens: Robert Capa, the most famous photojournalist of his time. Under the bursts of machine guns, water to mid-chest, Capa triggers his camera. How many times ? More than a hundred, according to the photoreporter and his Life, the magazine that sent it there. But if only eleven pictures have come down to us, it is because a young laboratory assistant from London would have missed a stage in the development of dandruff, causing almost all of them to burn.

Too good a story? An American reporter from the New York Times has been investigating for several years, which questions the official version.

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Third episode of our “Flashback” video series, about the stories behind the world’s most famous photos.

Find our previous episodes:

  • Paris Commune: the first photos manipulated? – Flashback # 1
  • How Congo’s severed hands shook colonial Europe – Flashback # 2

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