She was the first female photojournalist to work directly at the front lines during war and also the first to die doing so. Gerda Taro's career began and ended in the Spanish Civil War.
Considered a pioneer of modern war photography, Gerda Taro partnered with Robert Capa and headed to Spain when the Civil War broke out in 1936. Capa, her partner in love and work, had taught her photography and Taro - who was born in 1910 as Gerta Pohorylle - chose pseudonyms to better market their work. Taro was injured in battle and died the next day, on July 26, 1937. In 2007, a suitcase containing thousands of her negatives was discovered in Mexico, providing greater insights into the breadth of her work.