"The Mexican Suitcase" at ICP

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.

Republican officer and Gerda Taro, University City, Madrid, February 1937
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
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
Man carrying a wounded boy, Teruel, Spain, late December 1937

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Photo by: Robert Capa

( © International Center of Photography / Magnum )
Outdoor mass for Republican soldiers, near Lekeitio, Basque region, Spain, January–February 1937
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
Two Republican soldiers carrying a crucifix, Madrid, October–November 1936

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Photo by: Chim (David Seymour)

( © Estate of David Seymour / Magnum / International Center of Photography )
Crowd at the gate of the morgue after the air raid, Valencia, May 1937
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 / Gerda Taro )
Republican soldier on a motorcycle, Navacerrada Pass, Segovia front, Spain, late May–early June 1937
Republican soldier on a motorcycle, Navacerrada Pass, Segovia front, Spain, late May–early June 1937

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Photo by: Gerda Taro

( © International Center of Photography )
Dolores Ibarruri (La Pasionaria), Madrid, late April- early July 1936
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
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 David Seymour / Magnum / International Center of Photography )
Gerda Taro and Robert Capa on the terrace of Cafe du Dome in Montparnasse, Paris, Early 1936
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 Fred Stein / 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
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)

( © Estate of David Seymour/ Magnum / International Center of Photography )
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