Friday, March 7, 2014

Robert Capa: A Life Slightly Out of Focus

Robert Capa. A Life Slightly Out of Focus is the title of the retrospective that the MAN Museum of Nuoro is devoting to one of the most important photojournalists of the twentieth century. The exhibition, made possible in collaboration with Magnum Photos and Contrasto, features almost one hundred of Capa’s most important photographs highlighting the most salient passages of his personal, professional and artistic development.

Museo MAN, Nuoro  |  March 7– May 18, 2014
Inauguration: Saturday, Marche 7, 2014 at 7.00 pm

On view from March 7 to May 18, 2014, the Capa exhibition concludes the cycle of three shows that the Nuoro Museum has devoted to the Magnum Agency in recent years. Preceding exhibitions included Henri Cartier-Bresson (2011-12) and Werner Bischof (2012).
Considered the father of photojournalism, Capa was born Endre Friedmann in Hungary in 1913 
before immigrating to Berlin and then to Paris. As the son of a Jewish family and himself an exile, he never ceased capturing the world of the down-and-out and of refugees, using his camera as a tool for witnessing and denouncing situations. His reports, published in such important international magazines as “Life” and  “Picture Post”, constituted historical documentation of undisputed value as well as an extraordianry archive of images, sometimes immediate and explicit, other times subtle and ironic. 

The Nuoro show opens with the famous unauthorized snapshots of Leon Trotsky, taken in Copenaghen in 1932. The previous year Capa had moved to Berlin but, with the advent of Nazism, he then escaped to Paris. There in 1936 he documented the unrest of the Front Populaire worker uprisings. 
Capa went to Spain in 1936 to photograph the civil war. In August in Cerro Muriano he took the 
photo that would make him world famous, the  “Death of a Republican Militia Man”, one of the 
twentieth century’s most famous images, included in MAN’s exhibition alongside other shots of the same period. 

1 | 2The show also includes about ten photographs of the Sino-Japanese War, taken in 1938, as well as a selection of shots that Capa took in Great Britain and in Italy during the Second World War. 
These include  “Sicilian Farmer Points Out the Direction taken by a German Convoy to an American Officer”, “Man Carrying a Wounded Boy ”,  “Funeral of the Young Partisan Victims of the Four Days of Naples.” 
Another section of the show is devoted to the Allied Forces landing in Normandy. On D-Day Capa took the famous photographs that he himself described as “slightly out of focus”, an effect caused by a technical error during the development of the film. The main photographs of the series are presented here together with a few others taken in 1944 in various areas of France. 
The show’s itinerary concludes with the photographs of the German cities in rubble at war’s end, images taken in the Ucraine in 1947 where Capa documented life on collective farms, shots of the Arab-Israeli conflict and his very last report from Indonesia where he stepped on a mine and died on the field in 1954.  

Last but not least, the exhibition ends with a wide selection devoted to Capa’s portraits, throughout his career. These range from Gary Cooper to Ingrid Bergman (Capa’s lover), from Truman Capote to John Huston, down to the famous images of Matisse and Capa’s friend Pablo Picasso.
Information and reservations:
MAN_Museo d’arte Provincia di Nuoro
Via Sebastiano Satta 27 - 08100 Nuoro - tel +39.0784.252110
Orari: 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 19:00 (closed Mondays)
Full price 3,00 euro
Reduced 2,00 euro (for visitors aged 18 - 25)
Free for visitors aged under 18 and over 65
Free the last Sunday of the month

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