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"The Mexican Suitcase" at ICP

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Curator Brian Wallis, and Cynthia Young, exhibition organizer, discuss the “The Mexican Suitcase.” Considered lost since 1939, the so-called Mexican Suitcase is actually three boxes containing 4,500 negatives documenting the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Chim (David Seymour), and Gerda Taro. The cache includes new images by these photographers and previously unknown portraits, and it not only provides a rich and panoramic view of the Spanish Civil War, but shows the role of these photographers in laying the foundation for modern war photography. “The Mexican Suitcase” is on view at the International Center of Photography September 24, 2010 through January 9, 2011.

© International Center of Photography / Magnum
Republican officer and Gerda Taro, University City, Madrid, February 1937

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Gerda Taro

© International Center of Photography / Magnum
Exiled Republicans being marched down the beach to an internment camp, Le Barcarès, France, March 1939

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Photo by: Robert Capa 

© International Center of Photography / Magnum
Man carrying a wounded boy, Teruel, Spain, late December 1937

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Photo by: Robert Capa

© Estate of David Seymour / Magnum / International Center of Photography
Outdoor mass for Republican soldiers, near Lekeitio, Basque region, Spain, January–February 1937

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Photo by: Chim (David Seymour)

© Estate of David Seymour / Magnum / International Center of Photography
Two Republican soldiers carrying a crucifix, Madrid, October–November 1936

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Photo by: Chim (David Seymour)

© International Center of Photography / Gerda Taro
Crowd at the gate of the morgue after the air raid, Valencia, May 1937

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Photo by: Gerda Taro

© International Center of Photography
Republican soldier on a motorcycle, Navacerrada Pass, Segovia front, Spain, late May–early June 1937

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Photo by: Gerda Taro

© Estate of David Seymour / Magnum / International Center of Photography
Dolores Ibarruri (La Pasionaria), Madrid, late April- early July 1936

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Photo by: Chim (David Seymour)

© Estate of David Seymour / Magnum / International Center of Photography
Mother nursing a baby while listening to political speech, near Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain, late April- early May 1936

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Photo by: Chim (David Seymour)

© Estate of Fred Stein / International Center of Photography
Gerda Taro and Robert Capa on the terrace of Cafe du Dome in Montparnasse, Paris, Early 1936

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Photo by: Fred Stein

© Estate of David Seymour/ Magnum / International Center of Photography
Woman making an inventory of the paintings in the collection of Las Descalzas Reales with two Republican soldiers, Madrid, October-November 1936

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Photo by: Chim (David Seymour)

Guests:

Brian Wallis and Cynthia Young

Comments [5]

Jessica Moon from NYC

Hello NYC Photo Professionals!

You will love this week's ICP/ASPP NY event:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1066169943

All are welcome for an expert guided tour of the ICP Mexican Suitcase show!

Please pass these details along!

Jan. 03 2011 02:25 PM

its @ 1143 ave of the americas & 43rd st

Sep. 29 2010 02:46 PM
Michael Ginsburg from NYC

The film can be probably be identified by the edges of the negatives. Each camera leaves distinctive marks with each exposure on the edges at the film plane. So you can tell which camera made a group of pictures. If the photographers shared cameras then you would not know who took a particular picture by this system.

Sep. 29 2010 01:25 PM
Curious

How are they archiving the images? Is it just a matter of preserving the negatives or are they digitizing them?

Sep. 29 2010 01:22 PM
Kath from Manhattan

Where is the INternational Center for Photography??? New York?

Sep. 29 2010 01:11 PM

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