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Walter Bosshard / Robert Capa–The Race for China

Exhibition Info
Exhibition Period29 October 2019 – 3 May 2020
Exhibition Venue2rd floor exhibition hall, Tsinghua University Art Museum
Chief PlannerSu Dan
CuratorPeter Pfrunder
Project CoordinatorWang Chenya Wang Zhao Wang Ying
Visual SupervisionWang Peng
Exhibition DesignLuo Jia
Exhibition TeamWang Zhao Liu Huijian Luo Jia
Research workMadleina Deplazes Katharina Rippstei Lea Fuhrer
Digital PrintingLaboratorium Zurich
Text TranslationMa Yue
International AffairWang Ying Zhang Wei
Administration Affair Ma Yanyan
HostsTsinghua University Art Museum
Fotostiftung Schweiz (Swiss Foundation for Photography)
SupportersEmbassy of Switzerland in China
Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council
Swiss Federal Office of Culture
LendersFotostiftung Schweiz, Switzerland
Archives of Contemporary History (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
Ullstein Bild Collection, Germany
The International Center of Photography, U.S.A.
Academic SupportBeijing Museums Association, Photography Division
Chinese Photography
China Photo Press
Popular Photography
China Photographic Publishing House
Exhibition Profile

The 1930s were a crucial decade for China. The exhibition presents the work of two outstanding photojournalists who reported about China at war from different angles. The Swiss correspondent Walter Bosshard had lived and worked in China since 1931. Robert Capa, the most famous war photographer of his time, came to China in 1938 as a member of a film crew. Walter Bosshard and Robert Capa were friends, but also rivals regarding publications in Life. They covered similar stories and found themselves observing the same scenes of war. This gives us the unique chance to present a multi-layered narrative – about the history of China seen through Western eyes, about the question of truth in photojournalism, and about the power of photography in wartime.

 

Picture copyright:©Swiss Foundation for Photography / Archives of Contemporary History (ETH Zurich); ©International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

Works on show

  • On the way to the Confucius temple in Qufu
    Walter Bosshard 1938

  • Lecture at the"Red Academy", Yan'an
    Walter Bosshard 1938

  • Chinese Air Force
    Walter Bosshard 1930s

  • Students of the"Red Academy", Yan'an
    Walter Bosshard 1938

  • Wounded soldier, Tai'erzhuang, Xuzhou front
    Robert Capa 1938

  • Crowds watching the air battle between Japanese and Chinese planes over Hankou
    Robert Capa 1938

  • Crowds running for shelter when air-raid alarm sound, Hankou
    Robert Capa 1938

  • Civilians extinguishing a fire after a Japanese air raid, Hankou
    Robert Capa 1938

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