The Mexican Suitcase Unpacked In Barcelona


The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Catalan National Museum of Art) together with the International Center of Photography of New York, brings to Barcelona for the first time, the amazing exhibition with the photos from the negatives inside the Mexican Suitcase.

If you’re planning on visiting Barcelona try to make it between 6th October and 15th January 2012. These are the dates that MNAC will be hosting one of the most amazing film photography exhibits of the year. If you’re a true analogue lover and you happen to live or visit Barcelona, don’t miss out on the opportunity of discovering the great photographs made by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David “Chim” Seymour.

Gerda Taro & Robert Capa

The MNAC (located at the Montjüic hill near Plaza Espanya), together with the ICP from New York are making public for the first time in Spain the content from the negatives inside the Mexican Suitcase.

For those of you who might not know what I’m talking about, the Mexican Suitcase contains negatives from the Spanish Civil War taken by Capa, Taro and Chim. These where three of the most important photojournalists from the XX century, and the negatives inside the suitcase were lost for decades and finally found in 2007 in Mexico City.

Mexican Suitcase

You might be wondering, what was a suitcase full with Spanish Civil War negatives doing all the way at Mexico? Well what happened was, Capa was forced to leave his Paris studio in 1939 and fled for the US.
Meanwhile, Tchiki Weiss, his darkroom manager saved 4,500 negatives of photos taken by Capa, Taro and Chim during the Spanish Civil War and sent them on a boat to Mexico.

Capa’s notebook

The latter dubbed Mexican Suitcase was considered lost forever. In 2007 through tough efforts from Cornell Capa (Robert’s brother) it was rediscovered in Mexico City and its content made public through the ICP.

French magazine with Spanish Civil War photos

Don’t let this great opportunity pass by and rediscover the amazing photos from these true analogue masters!

For more information about the exhibit – MNAC
Photo source and more information about the Mexican Suitcase – ICP

written by guanatos on 2011-10-07 #news #history #negatives #analogue #lost #guanatos #spanish-civil-war #requested #taro #capa #chim #film-photography-exhibits #mexican-suitcase

One Comment

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    I wish I could visit it!
    Really nice article, felicitaciones ;)

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