Today's Google Doodle Honors War Photographer Gerda Taro

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Google is honoring the life and work of pioneering photojournalist Gerda Taro with its Google Doodle on Wednesday. Taro was committed to sharing images of war with the world, and today would have been her 108th birthday.


Born Gerta Pohorylle in 1910 in Stuttgart, Germany, she fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and settled in Paris, changing her name to Gerda Taro. There she met Endre Friedmann (who later changed is name to Robert Capa) and studied photography alongside him, eventually falling in love with him. Together they positioned themselves on the frontlines during the Spanish Civil War where she took some of the most iconic and dramatic war photos. She's thought to be the first female photojournalist to cover a war, and the first to die while on the job.

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Taro passionately captured images of Spanish refugees, troops, and conflict, and she sent the photos back to newspapers in France. It didn't take long for Taro to start heading out to take photos on her own. According to the BBC, in 1937, she was tragically killed after the vehicle she was in collided with an out-of-control tank. She was only 26.


Ten years ago, many of her never-before-seen images were brought to life at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. Her work has largely been overshadowed by Capa's, but today, Google is shedding light on Taro.