After nearly three-quarters of a century Robert
Capa's "Falling Soldier" picture from the Spanish Civil War remains one
of the most famous images of combat ever. It is also one of the most
debated, with a long string of critics claiming that the photo, of a
soldier seemingly at the moment of death, was faked.
In "Shadows of Photography," José Manuel
Susperregui, a communications professor at the Universidad del País
Vasco, concludes that Capa's picture was taken not at Cerro Muriano,
just north of Córdoba, but near another town, about 35 miles away. Since
that location was far from the battle lines when Capa was there, Mr.
Susperregui said, it means that "the 'Falling Soldier' photo is staged.
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