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Gerda Taro : with Robert Capa as photojournalist in the Spanish Civil War /
Irme Schaber ; translation into English, Friedrich Ragette.
Stuttgart : Edition Axel Menges, [2019]
151 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits ; 30 cm
3869050136, 9783869050133
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Stuttgart : Edition Axel Menges, [2019]
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"With numerous pictures supplied by the Spanish Civil War Collection Christof Kugler, Frankfurt am Main, the International Center of Photography, New York, and the Collection Irme Schaber, Schorndorf."
Translation of: Gerda Taro, Fotoreporterin : mit Robert Capa im Spanischen B├╝rgerkrieg : die Biografie.
Taro is today considered one of the path-breaking pioneers of photography. She captured some of the most dramatic and widely published images of the Spanish Civil War and was the first female photographer to shoot images in the midst of battle. Her willingness to work close to the fighting set new standards for war photography and ultimately cost her her life. Taro stands alongside early twentieth century war photographers like Robert Capa and David 'Chim' Seymour. Her death, the first fatality during war coverage, garnered worldwide attention. She had broken new ground, as a woman and as a photographer. Despite this, Gerda Taro has largely fallen into oblivion, especially in comparison to her colleague and partner Robert Capa. Whether gender and religion played a role in this would require a separate investigation. In any case, in her study of women resisting fascism, Ingrid Strobl reaches the conclusion that a combination such as woman-Communist-Jew represented a threefold stigma, and would almost guarantee Taro's exclusion from official history, both in the East and the West. It has been almost twenty years since the first biography of Gerda Taro, written by Irme Schaber, led to Taro's rediscovery as a photographer. Since that time, the discovery of the 'Mexican Suitcase', containing more than 800 of her photos, has made new research on Taro possible. In this new, fully revised biography, Irme Schaber presents groundbreaking insights regarding cameras, copyrights and the circumstances surrounding Taro's death.
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Translated from the German.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 146-151).

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