The Artists: Robert Capa, Chim (David Seymour), and Gerda Taro

The Show: The Mexican Suitcase

Rediscovered Spanish Civil War negatives, at the International Center of Photography

Robert Capa, Exiled Republicans being marched on the beach from one internment camp, Le Barcarès, France, March 1939. © Estate of Cornell Capa / ICP / Magnum, International Center of Photography

September 24, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Truly a landmark exhibition, the first public showing of Spanish Civil War images by Magnum Photos co-founder Robert Capa, recovered under mysterious circumstances in 2007 after having disappeared from Capa’s Paris studio near the beginning of World War II.  The “suitcase” of 4,500 negatives from Mexico City also contained films by Capa colleagues and leading Spanish Civil War photographers David Seymour (known as Chim) and Gerda Taro. Collectively these daring and intensely committed photographers laid the foundation for modern photojournalism. The collection establishes the original context in which some of Capa’s iconic photographs were originally conceived and shot, and also provides many unpublished or never printed images unknown until now.

Robert Capa, Man carrying a wounded boy, Teruel, Spain, late December 1937. © Estate of Cornell Capa / ICP/ Magnum. International Center of Photography
Robert Capa, Ernest Hemingway (third from the left), New York Times journalist Herbert Matthews (second from the left) and two Republican soldiers, Teruel, Spain, late December 1937. © Estate of Cornell Capa / ICP/ Magnum. International Center of Photography
Chim (David Seymour) Outdoor mass for Republican soldiers, near Lekeitio, Basque region, Spain January–February 1937. © Estate of David Seymour / Magnum. International Center of Photography
Gerda Taro, Crowd at the gate of the morgue after the air raid, Valencia, May 1937 © International Center of Photography