Gerda Tero

 

Woman soldier shooting pistol during Spanish Civil WarToday, Google celebrates Gerda Tero’s 108th birthday. I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t remember her name. I’ve been a fan of Robert Capa since seeing an exhibit of his war photography as a teenager. I knew he had a “girl friend” photographer who was killed in the  Spanish Civil War. I didn’t realize that she played a similar role to Einstein’s first wife in shaping his now-celebrated work.

Both have similar war styles, but Tero seemed to have a lot more photos of women at war. And I mean at war. Women armed, women shooting in battle, etc. Her iconic photo appears above.

I’ve been searching around the Internet for more Gerda Tero photos. There are a few:

It’s also easy to find photos of Taro, since she lived with Robert Capa.

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