Robert Capa: Images of War
01 Mar 2006–13 Apr 2006
“I am a war photographer who dreams of being unemployed,” said Hungarian-born Robert Capa, legendary photographer, pacifist, and humanist.
The exhibition was presented in collaboration with the Paris-based Magnum Photos agency, which Capa founded with Henri Cartier-Bresson and several others in 1947. The agency offered global coverage by that era’s most talented photographers.
Capa spent 20 years of his life constantly on the road, visiting war-torn and conflict-ridden areas of the world. In 1954, aged only 42, Capa was killed when he stepped on a landmine while on assignment in North Vietnam.
After Capa’s death, the agency has continued his efforts, seeking to cover both large- and small-scale conflicts and wars.
The exhibition features photos taken by Capa during the Spanish Civil War, in London and Paris during World War II, and during the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. A selection of photos from the former Soviet Union, China and Israel will also be on display, as will Capa’s last photos from Vietnam, where he died on 24 May 1954.
The texts for the exhibition was written by renowned Capa biographer Richard Whelan. Whelan and Norwegian author and media professor Hans Fredrik Dahl.
Books on Capa by these and other authors are available at the Peace Center gift shop, along with other books on war journalism.
The film “Robert Capa: In Love and War” (Director: Anne Makepeace, USA. Duration: 83 min.) will be shown in conjunction with the exhibit. Makepeace’s beautiful film contains interviews with Capa’s friends and features many of Capa’s own images.
Robert Capa has inspired filmmakers, photographers and writers around the globe. Film director Steven Spielberg (USA) opened his film ”Saving Private Ryan” with images replicating Capa’s D-Day photos scene by scene.
In the words of Capa’s friend, Nobel Laureate in Literature John Steinbeck: “He [Capa] could photograph thought … and capture worlds.”