Some photos must be taken, some images must be seen. These thoughts must have motivated photographer Robert Capa seventy-five years ago as he plunged off a landing craft and onto Omaha Beach with an early wave of the D-day landings.
“If your pictures aren’t good enough,” Capa famously advised, then “you’re not close enough.”
He was close enough on June 6, 1944 to secure what are now known as the Magnificent Eleven, the surviving images on four rolls of film delivered from Normandy to London just a day and a half after the Allied assault on Europe began. Five of the photos—“slightly out of focus,” in Capa’s words—were published in the next issue of Life magazine, dated June 19, 1944: battle scenes in blurred black and white; frenzied, grim.
Image credit: Vojislav Djindjic