The place of Robert Capa’s death

Endre Friedmann’s name probably sounds unfamiliar to many, but when it comes to Robert Capa, everyone knows who he is, even though the two are the same. The Hungarian-born photographer was one of the most prominent military correspondents of the 20th century. Robert Capa’s tomb is in Vietnam, int Thai Binh where he lost his life during the Indochina War.

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you weren’t close enough,” comes the repeated phrase from him.

Endre Friedmann was born in Budapest in 1913, where he turned to photography at an early age. After secondary school and a detour in Berlin, he moved to Paris, where he took the name Robert Capa because he hoped for more assignments due to the “American-sounding” name. After the name change, he participated as a war correspondent in the Japan-China War, capturing the Normandy landing and the first Arab-Israeli war.

In 1954 LIFE Magazine sent him to Southeast Asia to cover the Indochina war that had been going on for 8 years.
At the age of forty, he died here when he stepped on a landmine near the Laotian border.

August Schoefft and the Princess Bamba collection

August Schoefft entered history as a prominent Hungarian painter of the 19th century. Few people would think that an artist can be famous not only for his paintings. He literally had traveled the world throughout his life. He traveled to Asia, traveled to India, Pakistan, Turkey, and at the end of his life traveled to North America and Mexico. Who else could have taken the only portrait of Sándor Kőrösi Csoma, except for Ágoston Schöfft, who was a friend to him and who was also a world traveler?

But it is not only the portrait of Sándor Kőrösi Csoma that we owe to August Schoefft. If you visit Pakistan and the city of Lahore, you will see the works of August Schoefft in the fort. The paintings of the Princess Bamba Collection, which he sold to the local Maharaja in 1863, are kept here. The paintings were displayed in the Great Hall in the central part of the fort, as the purpose of the Maharaja was to transform the building into a palace worthy of a ruler.

The collection was named after the Maharaja’s daughter, Princess Bamba, who collected a large art collection for herself, including Schöfft’s paintings after the Maharaja’s death. The pictures were considered to be very famous at the time, even a mysterious minister wanted to buy them, August Schoefft’s pictures, but the Maharaja’s family refused to sell the pictures that can still be seen in Lahore.