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War Photographer Gerda Taro’s Installation Vandalized in “Politically Motivated” Attack

According to Monopol, war photographer Gerda Taro’s outdoor exhibition of images depicting scenes of conflict, including the Spanish Civil War, were vandalized on August 3 in what organizers believe was a “politically motivated” act. Someone had covered the photographs with black paint during the night. A police investigation is underway.

The works were installed for the f/stop festival, which was held in Leipzig from June 25 to July 3. In a statement, the organizers of the exhibition said, “The way a work of art is dealt with in the public space is always a litmus test for the state of a community. Unlike the ‘protected space’ of a museum or gallery, a work in the public realm is under the protection of us all.”

Taro, who was born Gerta Pohorylle, fled Leipzig for Paris in 1933. She met and befriended photographer Robert Capa, a Hungarian who was living in Paris in exile, and traveled to Spain with him. Taro was killed in Brunete, west of Madrid, in 1937 while documenting the Spanish Civil War at the age of twenty-six. She was the first female photographer to die while on assignment.