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Gerda Taro

1910 - 1937

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Gerta Pohorylle (1 August 1910 – 26 July 1937), known professionally as Gerda Taro, was a German war photographer active during the Spanish Civil War. She is regarded as the first woman photojournalist to have died while covering the frontline in a war.Taro was the companion and professional partner of photographer Robert Capa, who, like her, was Jewish. The name "Robert Capa" was originally an alias that Taro and Capa (born Endre Friedmann) shared, an invention meant to mitigate the increasing political intolerance in Europe and to attract the lucrative American market. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gerda Taro has received more than 1,110,820 page views. Her biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Gerda Taro is the 7th most popular journalist, the 407th most popular biography from Germany (up from 470th in 2019) and the most popular German Journalist.

Gerda Taro was a photojournalist who documented the Spanish Civil War. She is most famous for being killed in the conflict.

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Among journalists, Gerda Taro ranks 7 out of 127Before her are Robert Capa, Richard Sorge, Oriana Fallaci, François-Noël Babeuf, Gianni Rodari, and Joseph Pulitzer. After her are Anna Politkovskaya, Sebastião Salgado, Julian Assange, John Reed, Dorothea Lange, and W. Eugene Smith.

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Among people born in 1910, Gerda Taro ranks 14Before her are Gloria Stuart, Konrad Zuse, Jean Genet, Paulette Goddard, Django Reinhardt, and Walter Schellenberg. After her are Ronald Coase, David Niven, Jacques Monod, Eric Berne, Dorothy Hodgkin, and Dominique Pire. Among people deceased in 1937, Gerda Taro ranks 15Before her are Amelia Earhart, George Gershwin, Erich Ludendorff, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. After her are J. M. Barrie, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Austen Chamberlain, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, J. Bruce Ismay, and Rudolf Otto.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Gerda Taro ranks 407 out of 6,142Before her are Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1784), Klaus Meine (1948), Christopher of Bavaria (1416), Carol I of Romania (1839), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), and Dietrich von Choltitz (1894). After her are Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724), Regiomontanus (1436), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870), Christian V of Denmark (1646), and Erwin Panofsky (1892).

Among JOURNALISTS In Germany

Among journalists born in Germany, Gerda Taro ranks 1After her are Beate Klarsfeld (1939), Aenne Burda (1909), Thomas Nast (1840), Bill Brandt (1904), Norbert Haug (1952), Anja Niedringhaus (1965), Bogna Koreng (1965), and Claas Relotius (1985).