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Exhibit depicts war waged by ordinary people

Robert Capa in Italy. 1943–1944

 

Robert Capa in Italy 1943–1944

 

78 photographies to tell WWII in Italy. The Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery Raffaele De Garda in San Gimignano is presenting the exhibition Robert Capa in Italy. 1943–1944 until July 10, showcasing pictures from the Robert Capa Master Selection III series of the National Hungarian Museum in Budapest. The event was organized by the City of San Gimignano, the Alinari National Museum of Photography and the National Hungarian Museum.

The exhibit depicts war waged by both soldiers and civilians, from the Allied landing in Sicily through to such historic events as the Allied soldiers welcomed by the people of Monreale just outside of Palermo and the surrender of Palermo; the famous Four Days of Naples, when the city’s residents pulled together to form a united front against the German troops; and the battle of Monteccassino, with shots of civilians escaping from the battlefield taking place in the surrounding mountains.

Capa’s images, with their immediacy and humanity, immortalize all their subjects with the same solidarity, giving us back the fear, the wait, the very moment before the shooting, the rest and, finally, the hope.

“Capa knew what to look for and what to do after finding it. He knew, for example, that one cannot portray the war, because it is above all an emotion. But he was able to photograph the emotion knowing it closely,” said American writer John Steinbeck.

Known as the ‘father of photojournalism’, Capa spent 20 years on the battlefield capturing scenes from five major world wars before his death at the age of 41 in a Vietnamese landmine. He also reported about the Spanish Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War, the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and the First Indochina War.

Hernest Hemingway, who was a friend of Capa, recalled him as “a good friend and a great and extremely brave photographer, live to such an extent that one must go all out to think him dead.”

Capa was born in Budapest in 1913. Exiled from Hungary in 1931, he began working as a photographer in Berlin and became famous for his photos taken during the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. Sent to Italy as a war correspondent after the outbreak of World War II, between July 1943 and Febraury 1944 he portrayed the lives of soldiers and civilians alike in the period.

 

 

Robert Capa in Italy. 1943–1944

Until July 10

Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery Raffaele De Garda

San Gimignano, Via Folgore da San Gimignano 11

Open daily from 9.30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Cost: €7.50 full price; €6.50 reduced (over 65, kids from 7 to 17, groups of at least 20 people)

www.sangimignanomusei.it

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