A Letter From the Publisher: May 4, 1987

For a photojournalist, the Robert Capa Gold Medal is the ultimate accolade. Given by the Overseas Press Club (to honor the LIFE photographer killed in Indochina in 1954) "for best photographic reporting or interpretation from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise," it entails a deliberate decision to go in harm's way, recording battles and disasters.

To win the Capa is an achievement; to win it twice is truly remarkable. Last week James Nachtwey won for the third time in four years, becoming the second person in the history of the award (after the late Larry Burrows of LIFE) to do so....

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