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Alarm in Bilbao

Artist:
Robert Capa (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1913–1954 Thai Binh)
Date:
1937
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 17.5 x 24 cm (6 7/8 x 9 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.441
Not on view
As a report on a specific conflict-the Spanish Civil War, which Capa covered on the side of the Loyalists-this photograph could be found wanting because of its lack of explicitness. However, the sense of urgency without precise cause, so perfectly captured, makes it a particularly compelling image.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil, verso TL: "Car-23 [circled]"; stamped, verso TC: "PHOTO BY: // PIX PUBLISHING INC. // 250 PARK AVENUE // NEW YORK CITY // TEL. ELD 5-4021 [crossed out with blue pencil]" and stamped over this: "Photograph By // © ROBERT CAPA // Distributed by Magnum Photos // 72 W. 45th St. N.Y.C. 36"; inscribed in pencil, verso TR: "Spain History // Alarm in Bilbao"; stamped, verso CL with the above Capa stamp; green paper label, verso C: "PIX // PUBLISHING INC. // 250 PARK AVENUE // NEW YORK CITY // TELEPHONE ELDORADO 5-4021" with above Capa stamp over the label; white paper label with typewritten caption, verso BL to BC: "ALARM IN BILBAO. The employees of a large department store run as the alarm sounds [affixed over an illegible typewritten caption]"
Cornell Capa; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Times: Photography Between the Two World Wars," June 9, 1998–October 4, 1998.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld. "1937: Perfection and Destruction," September 30, 2007–January 13, 2008.

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