Google Doodle Honors Photojournalist Gerda Taro on 108th Birthday
Today's (Aug. 1) Google Doodle honors the life and career of photographer and journalist Gerda Taro, who played a major role in shaping wartime coverage. Born Greta Phorylle in 1910 in Stuttgart Germany, she left for France in the early 1930s when Hitler became Germany's chancellor and after she was released from detention for distributing anti-Nazi propaganda.
She met and fell in love with photojournalist her mentor Endre Friedmann in Paris and the pair worked and traveled together covering the Spanish Civil War for Parisian newspapers. She later adopted the professional name Greda Taro, although most of her amazing work was credited to Robert Capa, the name adopted by Friedmann.
Over time, Taro's photos were in high demand by the International press and her reports from the Brunete region for the leftist French newspaper Ce soir were the only coverage to contradict Nationalist propaganda that the region was under its control.
Taro passed away on July 26, 1937, at 26 years-old during a solo excursion when a tank crashed into a car carrying soldiers that she jumped onto. Taro fearlessly captured conflict with her camera lens in order to show bold but sensitive photographs of fighting in the Spanish Civil War and is recognized as the first female photojournalist to cover a war as well as the first to die doing so.