In this work, McNicol, with performance artist Edward Fornieles, re-creates Robert Capa’s legendary image of a Loyalist soldier falling dead in the Spanish Civil War; considered by many to be emblematic of the horrors of warfare, and by others to be staged fakery. By copying the image directly – this time in full colour with a large format camera, as opposed to Capa’s black and white original from a 35mm xtand – McNicol questions the authenticity of what we see in the media, and what we accept unconditionally as truth.
Born in London in 1979, from the age of 16 Ross McNicol apprenticed with photographers in the UK and the US. He graduated from King’s College London in 2002. He has exhibited in group exhibitions in London, Paris and Lyon. In 2007 he co-founded The Wallis Gallery in east London and regularly curates exhibitions there. He also exhibited in Masterdrive (2007) and In Violet Night (2007). McNicol is currently working on a long-term project featuring rites and customs throughout the UK. McNicol lives and works in London.