Slightly Out of Focus – Robert Capa

This hybrid text is an “illustrated memoir” that gives the front-line photojournalist’s perspective as he documented the European theater in World War II for Collier’s magazine. The scope of Capa’s coverage is incredible and surprisingly intimate. He photographed injured soldiers on the battlefield, Parisian shopkeepers standing at their door with shotguns at the ready, funerals, celebrations, and even Ernest Hemingway, recovering in a London hospital.

Capa actually photographed five different wars, which are all covered in Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa.

Myra R-L., DC Public Library staff

In 1942, a dashing young man who liked nothing so much as a heated game of poker, a good bottle of scotch, and the company of a pretty girl hopped a merchant ship to England. He was Robert Capa, the brilliant and daring photojournalist, and Collier’s magazine had put him on assignment to photograph the war raging in Europe. In these pages, Capa recounts his terrifying journey through the darkest battles of World War II and shares his memories of the men and women of the Allied forces who befriended, amused, and captivated him along the way. His photographs are masterpieces — John G. Morris, Magnum Photos’ first executive editor, called Capa “the century’s greatest battlefield photographer” — and his writing is by turns riotously funny and deeply moving.

From Sicily to London, Normandy to Algiers, Capa experienced some of the most trying conditions imaginable, yet his compassion and wit shine on every page of this book. Charming and profound, Slightly Out of Focus is a marvelous memoir told in words and pictures by an extraordinary man.