While war zones and battle grounds were typically associated with male soldiers, Gerda Taro's iconic photograph of a lady training to be a gunner shows a lesser known side of war where women also had to fight along the front lines.
While both Robert Capa and Gerda Taro are now considered as important figures in the realm of war and combat photography, Taro used to be the lesser known of the two. However, the iconic lady war photographer has also taken many striking photographs throughout her short but dramatic career.
The photo above, taken on the beach outside Barcelona in August 1936, was just one of the images of war Taro took showing the role of women during the Spanish Civil War, and most likely one of the photos she took alongside Robert Capa. Not much known is about the photo, but we can perhaps let her other photos of women in training for the war tell the compelling story:
All photos and information for this article were sourced from Magnum Photos.
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