Talk at Street Level, Glasgow, 19.02.14
with Irme Schaber (left)
Irme Schaber is an independent German scholar and regarded as the foremost authority on the life and work of Gerda Taro. It is due to her groundbreaking research that Taro was rediscovered despite decades of significant absence in the archives. In the 1990s she interviewed many of Taro’s friends and colleagues against the constraints of time due to their advanced ages. In 2000, she interviewed the 91 year old American nurse who cared for Taro before her death in a field hospital at El Escorial. Exile research has been the subject of many of Irme Schaber’s publications, both scientific and journalistic, with an emphasis on exile photographers during the Nazi era. Her first biography on Taro was published in 1994 for which she won the Kodak Photo Book Prize (now the German Photo Book Prize). In 2007 she was guest curator of the first Gerda Taro exhibition at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, and in 2010 contributed to the ICP ‘The Mexican Suitcase’ extensive catalogues. Her new biography ‘Gerda Taro – Fotoreporterin, Mit Robert Capa im Spanischen Bürgerkrieg, Die Biografie’ was published by Jonas Verlag in 2013.