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.
Capa took his iconic photograph during the Spanish Civil War in 1936, capturing the very moment a soldier is shot in the head, making it one of the first images of war in action. The authenticity of this image has been questioned since its creation, although the story that accompanies it is simply too compelling to not be believed.
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.
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