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Eyes of the World

Eyes of the World

Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism

Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” –Robert Capa

Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation's most important struggle—the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees—people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes.

Today, our screens are flooded with images from around the world. But Capa and Taro were pioneers, bringing home the crises and dramas of their time—and helping give birth to the idea of bearing witness through technology.

With a cast of characters ranging from Langston Hughes and George Orwell to Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, and packed with dramatic photos, posters, and cinematic magazine layouts, here is Capa and Taro’s riveting, tragic, and ultimately inspiring story.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, School Library Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Booklist Editors' Choice, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Washington Post Best Books of the Year

Praise for Eyes of the World

Eyes of the World captures an extraordinary—and tragic—moment in time. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young, idealistic, in love, and two of the best photographers who ever lived. This book does a great service for readers of all ages by evoking that moment telling the story of this couple so well.” —Adam Hochchild, author of Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

“A fascinating look at the evolution of photojournalism.... Readers not only get a strong sense of who these photographers were as people, they will understand what made their pictures so special. Thoroughly researched and cited, the text offers a unique perspective.” —Booklist, starred review

“Aronson and Budhos do a phenomenal job bringing the Spanish Civil War to life through the eyes of two young photojournalists.” —VOYA, starred review

"Captivating, powerful, and thought-provoking." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Aronson and Budhos...vividly and intimately recount the story of pioneering war photojournalists Robert Capa (1913–1954) and Gerda Taro (1910–1937)." —Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads

Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos are writers whose first joint book was the acclaimed Sugar Changed the World. Aronson is a passionate advocate of nonfiction and the first winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. Budhos writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and teenagers, including the recently published Watched. Aronson is a member of the faculty in the Master of Information program at Rutgers and Budhos is a professor of English at William Paterson University. They live with their two sons in Maplewood, NJ.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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