For their exhibition series CC - Classic Contemporary, Kunsthalle Erfurt combine the works of contemporary and classic photographers in a series of double exhibitions. The current exhibition presents photographs by Julian Röder and Robert Capa. The selected works are linked by the theme of socio-political transformation – with a particular focus on the conflict and war that can be either a catalyst or a result of such changes.
The series Summits (2001-2008) by Julian Röder ( born 1981) consists of the most famous images on the G8 Summit aside from its mass-media coverage. Despite his reality-based, documentary- style approach, Röder's work involves a deliberate use of aesthetics and compositional concepts –taking his images beyond a clearly-defined message, or obvious judgment of their subjects.
Magnum photographer and co-founder Robert Capa (1913-1954) also addressed political and military conflicts. His images not only show the close proximity of a war reporter to the events he covers, but they also illustrate that Capa's visual language was strongly influenced by the Avant Garde style found in Russian propaganda posters after the second world war.
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