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Robert Capa Photography
Loyalist Soldiers Running Up Hill, Battle of Rio Segre, Aragon front (near Fraga), Spain, November 7, 1938, 1938
Early silver gelatin print
Stamped, Atelier Robert Capa and Kodak stamps on verso.
£6,500 (exclusive of taxes)
Early in November 1938 Capa covered two crucial battles on the Aragon front, in northeastern Spain. On November 5 he was at Mora de Ebro, on the Ebro river, with Ernest Hemingway. Hoping to prevent the Loyalists from crossing the river, the fascists had bombed the Mora bridge and opened the dams in the north. The day ended in a massive Loyalist retreat.
The next night, in an effort to divert the fascists rom Mora, Loyalist troops launched an offensive near Fraga, on the Rio Segre, about forty miles to the north. When news of the offensive reached Barcelona early in the morning of November 7, Capa rushed to front. The British magazine Picture Post published eleven pages of the photographs Capa made that day and hailed him as “the greatest war photographer in the world”.