ICP gearing up for Mexican Suitcase show

July 23, 2010

The International Center of Photography is working full-speed to prepare for a major exhibit with images from the so-called “Mexican Suitcase“–the long-considered-lost negative archive of Spanish Civil War photographs by Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, and Gerda Taro. Scheduled to open on September 24, the exhibit is already attracting media attention, witness the coverage this week in the British Journal of Photography. The catalog will feature short essays by ALBA board members Tony Geist and Sebastiaan Faber, as well as long-time ALBA associate Juan Salas. “Capa, Chim, and Taro risked their lives to witness history in the making and showing it to the world, and the Mexican Suitcase contains some of their most important works,” the BJP quotes the ICP. “The Mexican Suitcase marks a profound shift in the study of these three photographers. In the process of researching the negatives of both major events and mundane details of the war, the authorship of numerous images by Capa, Chim and Taro has been confirmed or reattributed.” Online Volunteer contributor Trisha Ziff, who was instrumental in the recovery of the archive, is working on a film on the Mexican Suitcase. More here.