Death In The Making … For The Last Damned Time

Death In The Making … For The Last Damned Time – News Photographer Magazine:

And so why do we care so? For one thing, this is the photograph that made Robert Capa, more even than in the usual figurative sense, because Robert Capa had only just been created by the young Hungarian photographer André Friedmann shortly before. From then on, Friedmann would be gone, to the point, as his Life editor John G. Morris told me, of being called Capa by his friends and even his mother in later years.

New Photographs by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour Are Found in a Suitcase



When the three weathered cardboard boxes — known collectively, and cinematically, as the Mexican suitcase — arrived at the International Center of Photography more than a year ago, one of the first things a conservator did was bend down and sniff the film coiled inside, fearful of a telltale acrid odor, a sign of nitrate decay.

But the rolls turned out to be in remarkably good shape despite being almost untouched for 70 years. And so began a painstaking process of unfurling, scanning and trying to make sense of some 4,300 negatives taken by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War, groundbreaking work that was long thought to be lost but resurfaced several years ago in Mexico City.

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Robert Capa – Lost Negatives – Art – New York Times



TO the small group of photography experts aware of its existence, it was known simply as “the Mexican suitcase.” And in the pantheon of lost modern cultural treasures, it was surrounded by the same mythical aura as Hemingway’s early manuscripts, which vanished from a train station in 1922.

The suitcase — actually three flimsy cardboard valises — contained thousands of negatives of pictures that Robert Capa, one of the pioneers of modern war photography, took during the Spanish Civil War before he fled Europe for America in 1939, leaving behind the contents of his Paris darkroom.

Capa assumed that the work had been lost during the Nazi invasion, and he died in 1954 on assignment in Vietnam still thinking so. But in 1995 word began to spread that the negatives had somehow survived, after taking a journey worthy of a John le Carré novel: Paris to Marseille and then, in the hands of a Mexican general and

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