The Slovenia Times

Galleries in Ljubljana mark 70 years of Magnum Photos


A retrospective on Robert Capa, a founding member of the agency and a legendary war photographer, will open at the Cankarjev dom arts centre on Wednesday evening.

The retrospective features almost 100 photos depicting key moments of the five wars Capa took part in as a photographer - the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, WWII, the First Arab-Israeli War and the First Indochina War, where he was killed when he stepped on a land mine.

Also on display will be Capa's portraits of his friends and colleagues, such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Born as Endre Friedmann in Budapest in 1913, Capa fled Berlin for Paris in 1933 to escape persecution in Nazi Germany. During his stay in Paris, Capa met several notable figures, including David Seymour and Henri Cartier-Bresson, with whom he would co-found Magnum Photos in 1947.

Accompanying the exhibition will be screenings of Robert Capa: In Love and War, a 2004 documentary by Anne Makepeace, and guided tours by photographers Srdjan Živulović, Borut Krajnc, Jure Eržen and Meta Krese.

The Photon Gallery will meanwhile put on "Close Enough? - 70 Years of Magnum". The exhibition, on display between 7 April and 19 May, will feature a selection of 60 works by Magnum photographers, including Herbert List, Bruce Davidson and Capa.

An exhibition on Hungarian war photographers, termed Before and After Capa, will be put on display at the Balassi Institute, a centre promoting Hungarian culture in Slovenia, between 6 April and 2 June.


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