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Current Exhibition

Robert Capa Retrospective in Changsha

The Xie Zilong Image Art Center will stage a comprehensive survey of the late Magnum co-founder's photographic work

Robert Capa

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Children playing in the snow. Hankou, China. March, 1938 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

John Steinbeck once wrote that his friend Robert Capa knew that “you cannot photograph war, because it is largely an emotion.” However, continued Steinbeck, “he did photograph that emotion by shooting beside it. He could show the horror of a whole people in the face of a child.”

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography US troops assault Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings (first assault). Normandy, France. June 6th, 1944 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Training Nationalist Chinese soldiers. China, 1938. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

The late Magnum photographer has a unique sensitivity to photographing the horrors of war, for which he gained international acclaim. Yet Capa’s extraordinary talents as a photographer meant he was often surrounded by a coterie of artists and intelligentsia, who he would often turn his camera upon.

An exhibition at the Xie Zilong Image Art Center will detail Capa’s documentation of World War II, alongside many portraits, including those of his friends and fellow artists such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

 

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Henri Matisse in his studio, Nice, France. August 1949. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos