Controversy addresses the polemic of photojournalisms’ ethical credibility by engaging in the discussion surrounding Robert Capa’s Falling Soldier and confronting it with a scientific approach. A recent study by professor J. M. Susperregui, based on orographic analysis, indicates that this photograph was made elsewhere than Capa had originally claimed. This would place Capa far from the front lines, making it unlikely that the soldiers he was accompanying met any resistance, thus arguing that the photograph was staged. Does a scientific debunking of a photographic icon ultimately change its meaning, or does its relevance surpass its authenticity? Controversy poses an aesthetic answer to this question.
Design by Rudy Latoir with Max Pinckers and Sam Weerdmeester
Written contributions by Lars Kwakkenbos, J.M. Susperregui and Hans Durrer
softcover, 210 x 279 mm, edition of 750, 16 pages, ISBN 9789082465532, LYRE 5, August 2017