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“The Mexican Suitcase”: Budapest’s OSA Archives Hosts Exhibition On Forgotten Robert Capa Negatives

Tamás Székely 2015.12.21.

An exhibition presenting rediscovered negatives taken by Hungarian-born photographer Robert Capa and two fellow photo-journalists during the Spanish Civil War has opened at the OSA archives in Budapest.



The exhibition entitled “The Mexican Suitcase” focuses on the story of the suitcase that contained about 4,500 negatives by Capa, Gerda Taro and Chim (David Seymour) arranged in three small boxes carrying a caption each, the organisers said. “This material not only provides a uniquely rich view of the Spanish Civil War … but also demonstrates how the work of three key photo-journalists laid the foundation for modern war photography,” the exhibition’s website says.

Born André Friedmann in Budapest, Robert Capa left Hungary in 1930 for Berlin. With the rise of the Nazis in 1933, Capa left Germany for Paris and worked regularly as a photo-journalist. Between 1936 and 1939 made several trips to Spain with his companions, Gerda Taro and David Seymour, to document the Spanish civil war. His photographs from this conflict, including his most famous image, Death of a Loyalist Soldier (1936), were heralded almost immediately for their stunning impact.

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