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Robert Capa: Photographs

October 4, 1997–January 4, 1998

Robert Capa: Photographs is the first true retrospective of one of this century's greatest photojournalists. Drawing upon hundreds of previously unseen photographs, this exhibition includes 130 modern gelatin silver prints lent by the Robert Capa Archive at the International Center of Photography in New York, and 11 vintage prints documenting the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), drawn from the collection of Cornell Capa. These vintage prints of the images that first brought wide recognition to Capa will be complemented by an installation of 12 vintage prints by Gerda Taro (1910-1937), a talented photographer who fled Germany in the early 1930s and became Capa's companion and colleague beginning in 1934. Recognized for his extraordinarily powerful and moving coverage of five wars, Capa's images cannot be considered simply as war photography. In a remarkable range of photographs, Capa captures the individual faces of war with an intimacy and immediacy which involves the viewer in the moment and demonstrates a profound compassion and perceptiveness about the tenuous human state. While his photographs remain the definitive visual record of such momentous events as the siege of Madrid, the Japanese bombing of Hankou, and the Allied landings on D-Day, many of Capa's images have a timeless and universal quality that transcends the specifics of history.


  • Philadelphia Museum of Art • October 4, 1997 - January 4, 1998International Center of Photography, New York • January 14 - March 15, 1998
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA • March 31 - June 11, 2000 (Part I)
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA • June 23 - September 3, 2000 (Part II)

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Michael E. Hoffman • Adjunct Curator of Photographs, Alfred Steiglitz Center
Richard Whelan • Guest Curator and Robert Capa's biographer

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