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"Robert Capa: Photographs"
2000-01-18 until 2000-03-26
Helsinki City Art Museum
Helsinki, , FI Finland

World-famous photographer Robert Capa (1913-1954) is known first and foremost for his courageous coverage of five different wars. His photos of the casualties of the Spanish Civil War and of the events in the Second World War are classics of photojournalism. The Japanese invasion of China in 1938, World War II, London, North Africa, Italy, D-day on Omaha Beach and the liberation of Paris are all history documented in part by Capa.

The exhibition titled Robert Capa: Photographs to be opened at Helsinki City Art Museumís exhibition gallery at Tennis Palace on January 18, 2000, will present one of the most interesting photographers of this century in 160 black-and-white photographs. In many photos which are on exhibit for the first time, we can see Capa also as a gentle humorist and a portrayer of a broad variety of human destinies. Capaís photographs were widely published in magazines such as Life, Collierís, Picture Post and The Saturday Evening Post. But Capa also recorded peace-time events: political and social turning points as well as the joys and sorrows of everyday life. He also shot portraits of famous contemporaries such as Ernest Hemingway, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. In 1947, Capa was one of the founders of a photographic agency, Magnum Photos, which soon became famous and which Capa directed in the early 1950s.

Robert Capa was born in 1913 in Budapest, Hungary. He died in 1954 when he stepped on a landmine while on assignment covering the French Indochina war in Hanoi for Life magazine. While the majority of Capaís photos are documents of the most devastating events of the 20th century, they are also timeless documents of human fate. Capa always took his photos from as close as possible, by sharing the world of his subjects.

Robert Capaís exhibition and the accompanying publications are produced by Aperture, a non-profit organization devoted to photography and the visual arts. The exhibition is part of the photo.doc series of events which is part of the Helsinki 2000 City of Culture programme.

Capa expert Richard Whelan from New York will be present at the press meeting. He will also give a public lecture on Capa on Tuesday, January 18, at 6 p.m. in the upper gallery of the museum at Tennis Palace.

For additional information, please contact: Editor Riitta Raatikainen tel. 0400-677 866 / Assistant Curator Mikko Oranen tel. 09-310 87011 / Educational Curator Arja Hentinen, tel. 09-310 87 007 / Information Officer Karri Buchert, tel. 09-310 87 004 (material for the media) Free guided tours in Finnish Wednesdays at 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm; in Swedish first Sunday of each month at 1pm. Bookings for guided tours in English and for visits by groups, please call tel +358 (0)9 310 87003.

Admission FIM 25/20, children under 18 free of charge.
Helsinki City Art Museum, Tennis Palace
Open Tue-Sun 11am-8.30pm

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