schwarz-weiß Fotografie eines alten Mannes mit Fahne
© Robert Capa / International Center of Photography, Magnum Photos
In order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus all museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden remain closed until 20 April 2020.

Robert Capa. War Photographs 1943–1945

Robert Capas Kriegsfotografien prägen den Kanon des „spektakulären Bildes“, der sich mit der Entwicklung der Massenmedien im 20. Jahrhundert herausbildet. Seine Arbeit etablierte die gelebte und inszenierte Unmittelbarkeit des Bildes als Ausweis der Authentizität im Fotojournalismus.

  • DATES 31/07/2015—25/10/2015

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Featuring more than 110 photographs from the period 1943 to 1945 and the news magazines in which they were originally published, the exhibition traces the official war correspondent’s footsteps as he accompanied Allied forces through Europe, starting with landings in Sicily and France to the advance on Germany in the closing months of the war. The Allies’ stated goal was to bring down the National-Socialist regime. Capa was assigned the task of documenting this military campaign, which resulted in the United States becoming the leading superpower. Capa’s images gave the readers of mass-circulation news magazines the sense of participating, directly and simultaneously at a safe distance, in events that were writing world history from one day to the next. With their intention of documenting this ‘world history’ as it unfolded, they fed off the public’s thirst for prying, sensational images that remains unabated to this today. Capa’s shots of the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944 – the day that would go down in history as D-Day – the liberation of Paris in September 1944, and the liberation of Leipzig in April 1945 were seen by millions around the globe.

schwarz-weiß Fotografie eines alten Mannes mit Fahne
© Robert Capa / International Center of Photography, Magnum Photos
Robert Capa, Redner. Palermo, Sizilien, Juli 1943, Silbergelatinepapier

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With his motto: ‘If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough’ Capa, who died on May 25, 1954 from stepping on a landmine in the First Indochina War, forged a photography of participation, of risk, and of voyeurism.

schwarz-weiß Fotografie des jungen Robert Capa in Neapel
© George Rodger / Magnum Photos, Foto: Herbert Boswank
George Rodger, Robert Capa, Neapel, 1943 Silbergelatinepapier

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Kupferstich-Kabinett

im Residenzschloss

Portrait eines Mannes mit Hut und Vollbart
02.07.2016 —25.09.2016
vier schwarz-weiß-Fotografien, zwei Selbstporträts mit Kamera, zwei Bilder von Bäumen
31.07.2015 —25.10.2015
schwarz-weiß Fotografie eines Soldaten unter Granatenshock
31.07.2015 —25.10.2015

A City at War. Venice 1915–1918

im Japanisches Palais

schwarz-weiß Foto eines Flugzeugs über dem Markusplatz in Venedig
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