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.

Past Tour Venues

Barbican | London, United Kingdom
October 9, 2008–January 25, 2009

Forma | Milan, Italy
March 28–June 21, 2009

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya | Barcelona, Spain
July 6–September 27, 2009

Nederlands Fotomuseum | Rotterdam
October 10, 2009–January 10, 2010

Circulo de Bellas Artes | Madrid, Spain
July 14–September 5, 2010

Hospederia Fonseca (University of Salamanca) | Salamanca, Spain
January 26–April 3, 2011

Special Thanks

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.