Gerda Taro (1910–1937) was a pioneering photojournalist whose brief career consisted almost exclusively of dramatic photographs from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Her photographs were widely reproduced in the French leftist press, and incorporated the dynamic camera angles of New Vision photographyas well as a physical and emotional closeness to her subject. Taro worked alongside Robert Capa, who was her photographic as well as romantic partner, and the two collaborated closely. While covering the crucial battle of Brunete in July 1937, Taro was struck by a tank and killed. Taro's photographs are a striking but little-known record of this important moment in the history of war photography. ICP now holds what is by far the world's largest collection of her work, including approximately 200 prints as well as original negatives. This exhibition will include vintage and modern prints, and magazine layouts using Taro's images. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 184-page ICP/Steidl catalogue, the first major collected document of Gerda Taro's photographs ever published.
This exhibition is made possible with leadership gifts from the Alex Hillman Family Foundation, George and Bicky Kellner, The John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation, and Cornell Capa. Additional support was received from Linda Hackett for C.A.L. Foundation, Ellen and Richard Kelson, The Liman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Nierenberg, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Arnold and Louise Sagalyn, Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation, and Lois and Bruce Zenkel.