The exhibition is dedicated to the most prominent photojournalist of the twentieth century: a founder of Magnum Photos in 1947 together with Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, David ‘Chim’ Seymour and William Vandivert – shot between 1932 and 1954, the year of his death in Indochina due to a landmine.
While removing the barriers between the photographer and his subject, his work tells of the suffering, misery, chaos and cruelty of war. His photographs portray five major world conflicts of the twentieth century of which Capa was an eye witness and some of them have become iconic – just think of the photographs of the Normandy landings by the American troops on 6 June 1944.
The exhibition is organised into twelve sections: Copenhagen 1932, France 1936-1939, Spain 1936-1939, China 1938, Great Britain and North Africa 1941-43, Italy 1943-1944, France 1944, Germany 1945, Eastern Europe 1947, Israel 1948-1950 and Indochina 1954. It closes with a section of Portraits of friends and artists: Gary Cooper, Ernest Hemingway, Ingrid Bergman, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Truman Capote, John Houston, William Faulkner, Capa with John Steinbeck, and also a portrait of the photographer which Ruth Orkin took in 1951.
A special chapter on Capa’s photographs of Sicily has been added to this exhibition.
Capa made his way to Sicily on a supply ship in July 1943 and covered the advance of General George S. Patton’s Seventh Army as it pushed toward Palermo, where people thronged the streets to welcome the American troops who ended the German occupation.
Finally, included in their ticket visitors will gain the opportunity to enjoy the audio-guide in Italian or English language to learn more about the photographer and his work.