Analysis of Robert Capa’s “The Falling Soldier”

Capa, Robert, The Falling Soldier, 1936, Gelatin silver print, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Much of visual art is predicated upon depicting the past, present, and future. Typically, the past and future are presented in moments of emotion and drama, such as Michelangelo’s “Pieta” and Rembrandt’s “The Beheading of John the Baptist”. Only moments captured in the present contain the element of surprise, such as Caravaggio’s “Judith Beheading Holofernes” and Robert Capa’s “The Falling Soldier”.