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The end of World War II shown in photo exhibit

2014-01-05

This image, now frozen in history, shows the first American plane that flew over Italy during World War II, to help out allies on the ground. It dates back to July 9, 1943. The person behind the lens was one of the best war photographers. His name was Robert Capa.  Now, Italy is honoring the late Hungarian photographer with an exhibit to mark the 70 years since the Allied intervention in Italy. 

ANITA MARGIOTTA
Museum of Rome
"Robert Capa was a war reporter who began by documenting the 1936 Spanish war. From there on he became an internationally renowned photographer. Then he became reporter for different American magazines. He covered the landing of Allies, going from Palermo to Cassino. He didn't make it to Rome, because he had to go to Normandy to document the arrival of troops over there.” 

These snapshots display not only creativity and technique, but they also capture history.  In this photo, Capa caught the precise moment when American General Geoffrey Keyes meets Italian commander Giuseppe Molinero, whose face is pierced by an impressive scar. Robert Capa himself had to double up as an interpreter for this meeting.

ANITA MARGIOTTA
Museum of Rome
"He says in his diary: 'War is a hell created by mankind.' He didn't see the fight out on the battlefield, but rather the consequences of the war with all its death and destruction. From this point of view he sees what the rest of the population sees.” 

No human emotion escaped his reach. Not the empty look of a soldier as he smoked inside a church-turned-hospital. Or the despair of victims during the siege of the city of Troina, where dozens of civilians died. Much less, the terror across the face of this German soldier, unsure of his fate.

His images are even capable of conveying the tension hidden on the battlefield. Not surprisingly, Robert Capa is considered the father of photojournalism.

ANITA MARGIOTTA
Museum of Rome
"When it comes to framing shots, he was a genius. He had a great eye and was able to capture both the most pivotal aspects to every day life. This was very symbolic because he showed the ordinary under the light of war.”

The Hungarian National Museum provided funds for the exhibition. In addition to commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing in Italy, it also honors the photographer's centennial birthday. An artist who revolutionized the history of photography forever.


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