Images of War and Peace
During the years 1932 to 1954 Robert Capa took the pictures that have made him a legendary war photographer. Many of these photographs are from the front lines, and he is most well-known for his images from the Spanish Civil War and the Normandy landings. However, there is also another side to his documentation of war: the one that shows the suffering amoing civilians. The exhibition at the Nobel Museum showcase around 70 photographs, amongst these portraits of several Nobel Laureates that Capa have met and worked together with.
Together with the Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck, Capa made a journalistic trip to the Soviet Union in 1948, which resultet in the joint book "A Russian Journal". A few of the photographs from that book are shown in the exhibition together with Steinbeck's texts. Ernest Hemingway, whom Steinbeck met during the Spanish Civil War, is also portraited. Capa also documented the intensive election in France in 1936, primarily the meetings arranged by the anti-fascist coalition Front populaire. One of the central figures in thsi movement was the future Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Léon Jouhaux.
Robert Capa was born in Budapest in 1913 but escaped for political reasons ti Germany when he was seventeen. The growing anti-semitism in Germany drove him on to Paris in 1933. Capa had an idealist view on his work and said himself that he could only accept assignments to conflicts where he loved the one side and hated the other. Besides the documentation of the Spanish Civil War 1936–1939, he also covered the Japanese invasion of China in 1938, World War II, the 1948 Palestine War and the First Indochina War in 1954. Indochina was to become his final mission; he died in the field stepping on a land mine.
The exhibition is produced together with Magnum Photos in Paris, the photographic cooperative co-founded by Capa in 1947.