Les Franciscaines - Deauville > May 25 to October 13, 2024

As we approach the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, Les Franciscaines hosts an exhibition that resonates with the very essence of our duty to remember. In partnership with Magnum Photos, the masterly work of Robert Capa (1913-1954), one of the greatest photojournalists of all time, is highlighted.

The story of Deauville and Robert Capa dates back to 1951. That year, this photographic genius, commissioned by the American magazine "Holiday", turned his sharp eye to the seaside resort, immortalizing its effervescence, social contrasts, glamorous parties and vibrant atmosphere. Capa captured the soul of Deauville through his lens, offering a unique testimony to a bygone era.

The images on display are not limited to the enchanting summer of Deauville. They also take us to the heart of the 20th century's major conflicts, from the beaches of Normandy to the bloody streets of China, Spain, Israel and Indochina. Each photograph is an open window on history, on the heart-rending moments that have shaped our contemporary world.

"Robert Capa covered five wars-Spain, China, World War II, Israel, Indochina-and each time he brought back the best photos. He is also the originator of the modern photojournalist. Right from the start, he was obsessed with the idea of defending the work of photojournalists: selling their photos directly to newspapers, keeping their prints and negatives, controlling the captions that accompany their shots. These ideas would lead much later, in 1947, to the creation of the Magnum agency.
When he died in Indochina in April 1954, he had left thousands of photos scattered around the world. Cornell Capa, his brother, spent his life searching for them and building an official history. At the same time, independent research has shed light on the history of certain photos: the militiaman who fell during the Spanish war in 1936, or those of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.
This exhibition features some 150 period documents: original prints, newspapers, books and objects, mainly from the collection of his friend Golda Darty and the Magnum archives. Having access to one of his Leicas, his typewriter, his driver's license, or his indefinably charming prints helps to understand and explain the photographer's world. But Capa also handled color photography like a lover of life, creating endearing portraits, fashion shots, film shoots and travel images: from Deauville to Biarritz, from the Alps to Budapest."
Michel Lefebvre, exhibition curator, Capa specialist and biographer


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