Paris in the summer of 1937. A giant funeral procession wends its way from the city centre eastward toward the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, accompanied by the sounds of Chopin's Marche funebre.
The photojournalist Gerda Taro had been killed in the Spanish Civil War a few days earlier. Thousands come to pay their last respects to the emigree from Hitler's Germany. The poet Louis Aragon speaks at the graveside, young girls hold up a large portrait of the deceased. Why did the French Communist Party honour a foreigner - one who was not even a member of the Party - with a first-class burial?
Taro is 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 20th century war photographers like Robert Capa and David Chim Seymour.
Irme Schaber Imprint: Edition Axel Menges Country of Publication: Germany Dimensions:
ISBN: 9783869050133 ISBN 10: 3869050136 Pages: 256 Publication Date: 01 October 2018 Audience:
Format: Hardback Publisher's Status: Active
Irme Schaber studied cultural and art history in Marburg, Germany. Documentary and war photography, exile and cultural history, and photographic art are the focus of her work. She became known above all for her research work on Gerda Taro.