“Mexican Suitcase” show to open tomorrow

September 23, 2010

Sparking media attention world-wide, the International Center of Photography in New York will be opening its doors tomorrow for the exhibit featuring a selection of more than 4,000 negatives of Spanish Civil War material photographed by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and Chim (David Seymour). The two-volume exhibit catalog–which features essays by several ALBA board members–contains all of the images in the “Mexican Suitcase,” three cardboard boxes with rolls of film that miraculously made it from war-time France to Mexico–which in the wake of the Republic’s defeat welcomed more than 20,000 Spanish refugees–and, eventually, to the ICP, which was founded by Capa’s brother Cornell. Curator Trisha Ziff, who was instrumental in the recovery of the archive, is finishing up a documentary on its remarkable journey. See coverage by the BBC, El País, L’espresso,