“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” Robert Capa, the Hungarian war photographer and photo journalist, was killed on May 25, 1954 in Vietnam while covering the First Indochina War.
“Although a few years earlier he had said he was finished with war, Capa accepted [an assignment from Life magazine] and accompanied a French regiment with two Time-Life journalists, John Mecklin and Jim Lucas. On May 25, 1954 at 2:55 p.m., the regiment was passing through a dangerous area under fire when Capa decided to leave his Jeep and go up the road to photograph the advance. About five minutes later, Mecklin and Lucas heard an explosion; Capa had stepped on a landmine. When they arrived on the scene, he was alive but his left leg had been blown to pieces, and he had a serious wound in his chest. Mecklin called for a medic and Capa was taken to a small field hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.