Historic photos in Milan
From Palermo to Naples with the liberation forces, 78 historic black and white photos by the world famous Hungarian-born photographer are on show in Milan until 26 April.
Capa, co-founder in 1947 of Magnum Photos agency with Henri Cartier-Bresson and three other leading photographers, fought five wars from behind the camera: the Spanish Civil War, the second Sino-Japanese war, world war two, the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and the first Indochina war, where he was killed by a landmine in 1954. He is arguably best remembered for his 1936 shot of the “Falling Soldier”, a Marxist militiaman killed near Cordoba.
The photos on view at the Spazio Oberdan at Porta Venezia are taken from the collection “Robert Capa Master Selection III” held in the Hungarian national museum in Budapest. They cover the Anglo-American landings in Sicily, and then follow the Allies from the island as far as Naples, recording the faces of both soldiers and civilians in the rubble of the collapsing fascist regime.