Robert Capa and “The Mexican Suitcase”

May 5, 2009

Researchers have recently begun to analyze a remarkable photographic archive discovered in Mexico–long thought to be lost– containing over 3,500 negatives of shots taken by Spanish civil war photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Toro, and David Seymour. These photographs show conditions under which Republican soldiers, and also show the lives of those forced into exile from Spain, particularly in the French concentration camps.

The negatives have been gathered, organized, scanned, and will be featured at the New York International Center of Photography in an exhibition entitled “The Mexican Suitcase.” Click below for more information.

Official site for the exhibition:

Article from the online periodical El Pais:

Article from online magazine Slate:

Cynthia Young, Assistant Curator in charge of the Capa archive at the International Center of Photography, and Mexican-based filmmaker Trisha Ziff–currently making a documentary about the “Mexican suitcase”–introduced this project to a New York audience on May 1, 2009, at the “Documenting Displacement: Images of Spanish Civil War Refugees,” a symposium also featuring W&M´s Francie Cate-Arries´s project on the concentration camp photographs of painter Ione Robinson. Click here for the symposium program “Documenting Displacement. Images of Spanish Civil War Refugees”