Detailing the life of the first female photographer to capture the frontline was no easy feat - especially considering there are no diary extracts, recordings of her voice or really much information on her at all.
What we do know is the information in biography Inventing Capa by Jane Rogoyska, who worked with theatre company Idle Motion and Greenwich Theatre to bring this inspiring story to life in Shooting With Light.
Shooting With Light is about a young German refugee who fled to Paris, reinventing herself as Gerda Taro, and her partner Robert Capa, the iconic photographer who covered five wars including the Second World War across Europe.
Grace Chapman - from Idle Motion - said: “It’s about their story and how they pioneered photo-journalism as it is known today.
“He taught her to take photos, but they couldn’t sell them under their names as they were considered too foreign, so she came up with the idea that they were American photographer Robert Capa.
“They sold pictures under this mythical figure and if anyone would call to ask for him they would say he’s just left on business or couldn’t take the call. Eventually they got rumbled - but their photos were so good it was all ok.”
The pair later travelled to Spain to cover the frontline during the civil war, but sadly Gerda died in 1937, aged just 26 years old, while photographing the frontline.
Grace said: “After her death Robert was so grief stricken that he never spoke of her again - all her photos were put in a box by his dark room assistant and smuggled out to Mexico. Then they lay gathering dust at the back of a Mexican ambassador’s wardrobe until they were rediscovered in 2007.
“The show has a second story about Robert Capa’s brother, Cornell, which is quite emotional as he searches for the couple’s missing negatives. The two storylines run along together and hopefully tease out themes that people will find interesting and exciting.”
Shooting With Light, Greenwich Theatre, May 7-9, 7.30pm, £12.50-£16, greenwichtheatre.org.uk .