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Past Exhibition

  • Robert Capa, [American soldier landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day, Normandy, France], June 6, 1944. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Robert Capa, Death of a Loyalist militiaman, Córdoba front, Spain, Early September, 1936. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Robert Capa, [Loyalist soldiers running up hill, Battle of Rio Segre, Aragon front (near Fraga), Spain], November 7, 1938. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Robert Capa, [Refugee, whose husband and son were killed earlier in the war, waiting with her dog as she flees northward, Barcelona], January 1939. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Robert Capa, [Girl at refugee transit center, Barcelona], January 1939. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Robert Capa, [American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day, Normandy, France], June 6, 1944. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Robert Capa, [American soldier killed by German snipers, Leipzig, Germany], April 18, 1945. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Unidentified Photographer, [Robert Capa holding 35mm Contax camera, Tai’erzhuang, China], April 1938. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

  • Regards, November 24, 1938, cover with Robert Capa's photographs of the Battle of Rio Segre
    International Center of Photography
  • Robert Capa, [Boy soldier, Hankou, China], late March 1938. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography
  • Robert Capa's hand-written captions to film shot on transport ship USS Samuel Chase crossing English Channel, June 4 or 5, 1944. © International Center of Photography/Magnum. International Center of Photography

This Is War! Robert Capa at Work

SEPTEMBER 26–JANUARY 6, 2008

Robert Capa is, without a doubt, one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century. His most striking images all appeared in the pages of the leading picture magazines of the day. This was the context in which Capa worked and was known, and where he honed his skills as a master of the cinematic photo narrative. This Is War! Robert Capa at Work is a groundbreaking exhibition that reexamines Capa's innovations as a photojournalist in the 1930s and 1940s. The title of the exhibition is drawn from the headline of a December 3, 1938 Picture Post story including Capa's images from the Battle of Rio Segre. Never-before-seen photographs and newly discovered documents will illuminate six of Capa's most important war stories.

With vintage prints, contact sheets, caption sheets, handwritten observations, personal letters and original magazine layouts, the stories are brought to life and give us a look at how Capa worked. The Falling Soldier, 1936; The Battle of Rio Segre, 1938; and Refugees from Barcelona, 1939, trace his reportage of The Spanish Civil War. China, 1938, document his six-month stay during the Sino-Japanese War. D-Day, 1944, and the Liberation of Leipzig, 1945, present his photographs of World War II.

This exhibition is supported by BNP Paribas and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Leadership gifts were provided by 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, Marshall Sonenshine and Sonenshine Partners, and Lois and Bruce Zenkel.