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Slide Show: A Secret Archive: Images From the Mexican Suitcase

  • The Mexican Suitcase (1 of 7)

    In the spring of 1942, three years after the fall of Spain to Franco's Nationalists, a suitcase containing an archive of 4,500 negatives of photographs of the Spanish Civil War by three photojournalists—Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour (known as Chim)—was smuggled out of the country and into Mexico. The images remained hidden for nearly seventy years, and only now can the public fully view these works, currently on display at the International Center for Photography through May 8. In his piece in this issue of The Nation, "A Secret Archive," Dan Kaufman chronicles the history of the images in the Mexican Suitcase that, taken together, "portray a besieged country's fight for its survival and its soul amid a Nazi-backed Fascist revolt."

     

    © International Center of Photography

  • October-November 1936 (2 of 7)

    [Two Republican soldiers carrying a crucifix, Madrid], October-November 1936

    By Chim (David Seymour)

     

    © Estate of David Seymour / Magnum International Center of Photography

  • January-February 1937 (3 of 7)

    Outdoor mass for Republican soldiers, near Lekeitio, Basque region, Spain, January-February 1937

    By Chim (David Seymour)

     

    © Estate of David Seymour / Magnum International Center of Photography

  • May 1937 (4 of 7)

    [Crowd at the gate of the morgue after the air raid, Valencia], May 1937

    By Gerda Taro

     

    © International Center of Photography Collection International Center of Photography

  • June, 1937 (5 of 7)

    [Spectators at the funeral parade of General Lukacs, Valencia], June 16, 1937

    By Gerda Taro

     

    © International Center of Photography Collection International Center of Photography

  • December 1937 (6 of 7)

    [Ernest Hemingway (third from the left), New York Times journalist Herbert Matthews (second from the left) and two Republican soldiers, Teruel, Spain], late December 1937

    By Robert Capa

     

    © International Center of Photography / Magnum Collection International Center of Photography

  • March 1939 (7 of 7)

    Exiled Republicans being marched down the beach to an internment camp, Le Barcarès, France, March 1939

    By Robert Capa

     

    © International Center of Photography / Magnum Collection International Center of Photography

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