Hit by a deadly shot, the soldier of the Spanish militia falls onto the dry field holding out his weapon. This photo by the 23-year-old Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 is one of the most published war photographs in the world. In the exhibition “Wounds of the World,” which is currently on display at the College of Media, Information and Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, this photo is the first of a selection of iconic images of war and crisis photography from the archives of the legendary photographic cooperative MAGNUM. Starting in 1936 with the eve of the Second World War, the presentation in the atrium of the Design Center leads all the way to images of the 2011 revolutions in Egypt,Tunisia, and Libya. The images presented have become a part of photography history – regardless of when they were taken.
The concept of this exhibition was developed by students of the Zeitenspiegel-Reportageschule Günter Dahl, who also researched the background and historical origin of each photo. In his introduction, Ulrich Bausch, the director of the adult education center in Reutlingen (to which the reportage school and 15 other institutions belong), described the making of the exhibition and pointed out: “Good research and good photojournalism are still seen as a threat today – not only by the military. What is shown in this exhibition is how incredibly important and valuable independent journalism is.”
A catalogue about the exhibition has been published, featuring texts of Jürgen Schaefer, Wolfgang Alber, Ingrid Kolb, and Prof. Rolf Nobel. Wunden der Welt, 136 pages, 20 €.
Abbas Attar has been a member of Magnum since 1981, and became known, first and foremost, for his photography depicting the conditions of apartheid in South Africa and the revolution in Iran. Currently, he is studying the meaning of religion as a driving force of international conflicts, and he will give a lecture on the subject.
Wounds of the World
Design Center Expo
March 8th to April 7th
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9 am to 7 pm
Lecture of Abbas Attar
March 15th at 7 pm
Admission: 3 Euro