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The Discerning Eye: Property from the Collection of Eric Franck, Part I

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Robert Capa
1913 - 1954
'MADRID', WINTER 1936-1937
Vintage ferrotyped silver print. With the photographer's stamp and annotated 10 in red crayon on the reverse.
Image 29 x 23.8 cm (11 ½ x 9 ¼ in.)
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Provenance

Photographs, Sotheby's, October 5th, 2011, Lot 94

Literature

Robert Capa, The Definitive Collection, New York, Phaidon, 2001, ill. p. 111. 

Catalogue Note

Arguably the greatest combat photographer in history, Robert Capa covered five wars: the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Second World War, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the First Indochina War. Renowned for his emotional images of front-line action, he risked his own life whilst documenting and personalising the struggle of the individual in war. This photograph was taken during the nationalist offensive on Madrid (November 1936- February 1937) which was one of the most ferocious of the entire war.  

“The horrific tendency of modern warfare is to depersonalize. Soldiers can use their weapons of mass destruction only because they have learned to conceptualize their victims not as individuals but as a category – the enemy. Capa’s strategy was to repersonalize war – to emphasize that those who suffer the effects of war are individuals with whom the viewer of the photographs cannot help but identify.” – Richard Whelan, “Robert Capa in Spain”, in Heart of Spain, published by Aperture.

The Discerning Eye: Property from the Collection of Eric Franck, Part I

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London