"Shooting Under Fire: The Combat Photography of Robert Capa & Gerda Taro""Shooting Under Fire: The Combat Photography of Robert Capa & Gerda Taro"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/140772KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2010-04-30T16:30:002010-04-30T18:00:00
April 30, 4:30PM–6:00PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Talk by Katherine Slusher, University Lecturer, University of Barcelona, Spain
Katherine Slusher is a University Lecturer at the University of Barcelona, Spain as well as an art curator and writer. She is the author of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose: The Green Memories of Desire (Prestel, 2007). She curated the painting exhibition Looking Sideways: Roland Penrose and Surrealism which has travelled to the new Tenerife Espacio de las Artes in the Canary Islands through May 2009.
Abstract: The recent exhibitions of Gerda Taro and Robert Capa in the U.S. and abroad, combined with the discovery of the lost "Mexican suitcase" containing their negatives, has created a renewed interest in both photographers. There have been five biographies on Taro's work in the last three years examining her life as a combat photographer. This in turn raises the question of the role women took, or were permitted to take, in documenting front-line fire. Beginning with World War I, I will look at who these women were and how they became war correspondents at a time when it was difficult for women to be employed as photographers at all. This talk examines much of the aura, both real and created, that surrounds combat photographers. They are not only expected to take heroic photographs, but also be heroes themselves. In a media driven era, they have enormous power and presence. Their ethics and their interpretations of what they have photographed become our concerns by visual transmutation. They are literally and figuratively in the crossfire, often involved as advocates for the same social, political, and environmental concerns that they are paid to document.
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