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Past Exhibition

  • Photographer unknown, Portrait of Gerda Taro, Guadalajara front, July 1937. © International Center of Photography. International Center of Photography

  • Gerda Taro, [Militiawoman training on the beach outside Barcelona], August 1936. International Center of Photography, Gift of Cornell Capa. © International Center of Photography

  • Gerda Taro, Portrait of Robert Capa, Segovia front, May 1937. © 2002 International Center of Photography. International Center of Photography

  • Fred Stein, Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, Paris, 1936. © Fred Stein. International Center of Photography

  • Gerda Taro, Segovia front (Navacerrada Pass), c. May 31, 1937. © 2002 International Center of Photography. International Center of Photography

  • Gerda Taro, Battle of Brunete, July 1937. © 2002 International Center of Photography. International Center of Photography

  • Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and soldier, Córdoba front, 1936. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography
  • Gerda Taro, Battleship Jaime I, Almería, February 1937. © International Center of Photography. International Center of Photography

Gerda Taro

SEPTEMBER 26–JANUARY 6, 2008

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.