Robert Capa photographs from Spanish Civil War found in ‘Mexican Suitcase’

Published on May 3rd, 2009 | by Admin


The contents of a mysterious “Mexican suitcase” have been unpacked to reveal a previously unknown collection of classic photo-journalism taken by Robert Capa and two other photographers in the 1930s.

The three cardboard boxes contain 126 rolls of 35mm film with about 4,300 images of the Spanish Civil War, most never seen before.

They were saved from wartime Europe and appeared in Mexico City half a century later among the effects of a former Mexican diplomat, before finding their way to New York.

The photos were taken by Capa, his lover and professional partner Gerda Taro, and David “Chim” Seymour, co-founder with Capa of the photo agency Magnum. They include images of the American writer Ernest Hemingway by Capa, the French author André Malraux by Taro and the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca by Seymour.

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