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The Mexican Suitcase - Photographs of the Spanish Civil War


making waves

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I haven't been able to find a thread on this topic - so - here goes -

In late December 2007, three small cardboard boxes arrived at the International Center of Photography from Mexico City after a long and mysterious journey. These tattered boxes—the so-called Mexican Suitcase—contained the legendary Spanish Civil War negatives of left-wing activist Robert Capa. Rumors had circulated for years of the survival of the negatives, which had disappeared from Capa's Paris studio at the beginning of World War II. Cornell Capa, Robert's brother and the founder of ICP, had diligently tracked down each tale and vigorously sought out the negatives, but to no avail. When, at last, the boxes were opened for the 89-year-old Cornell Capa, they revealed 126 rolls of film—not only by Robert Capa, but also by Gerda Taro and David Seymour (known as "Chim"), three of the major photographers of the Spanish Civil War. Together, these roles of film constitute an inestimable record of photographic innovation and war photography, but also of the great political struggle to determine the course of Spanish history and to turn back the expansion of global fascism.

The story of the Mexican suitcase can be found here -

The Mexican Suitcase: The Story

The gallery of photographs can be found here -

The Mexican Suitcase: Gallery

A review of the book published of the photogrpahs by the CWI can be found here -

Spanish civil war: Opening the mexican suitcase | socialistworld.net

A short introductory video is here -

[video=youtube;ffZMf_GBt6U]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffZMf_GBt6U[/video]
 


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Capa also took some famous photo's of D-Day on Omaha Beach, though water got into his camera. Stephen Spielberg used them to establish the atmosphere in Saving Private Ryan.

 

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Robert Capa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This picture was shown around the world. It was entitled "Death of a Loyalist Soldier"



However, it seems that Gerda Taro took the picture, and the solider has actually tripped, rather than being shot.
 

friendlyfire

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Excellent pictures a real time view of a dark period,one that should wake everyone up to fascism now and into the future.Austerity and right-wing anti-social policies are the new form of fascism and have to be resisted at every opportunity.


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IrishWelshCelt

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Really interesting stuff, I'll have to seek out the full movie.
 

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