Robert Capa Retrospective

12/10/2012 - 02/12/2012

Robert Capa was born as Endre Friedmann in Budapest but left Hungary at a very young age because of his political involvement in the leftist opponents of the then dictator Miklós Horthyn. He moved to Berlin where he studied at the Hochschule für Politik. He worked first as a photo lab technician and then as a photography assistant for a German photo agency (Dephot).

Capa made his entrance as a professional photographer in 1932 when the Zeitung published his report of a meeting of Leon Trotsky in Copenhagen. Despite his disgust for everything associated with war, he was best known for the inimitable way he covered conflicts like the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II, the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 and the First Indo-China War.

He worked as a photographer for magazines such as Vu, Life, Regards, Le Soir and the Weekly Illustrated, and after WW II in 1947 founded the press photo agency Magnum Photos together with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert.  Not only his presence in major war zones but also his friendships with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck yielded images that to this day are inscribed in the collective memory. Robert Capa died on May 25, 1954 in Indo-China following an accident with a landmine.

In the Refectory of the abbey.