Leigh Kamping-Carder

Photograph of Alfred Stieglitz by Edward Steichen, 1907. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection.
Suitcase and Photographers: On the left is the ?Mexican Suitcase,? to the right is a Fred Stein photograph of Gerda Taro and Robert Capa on the terrace of Café du Dôme in Montparnasse, Paris. [CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW]

A Mexican Suitcase Finds Its Context

In 1939, famed war photographer Robert Capa left a suitcase of film negatives in the care of his darkroom manager, Csiki Weiss. Capa, who fled Paris for New York in advance of the German invasion, would never again see the suitcase, which held dozens of rolls of undeveloped film that he and his colleagues, Gerda Taro and David Seymour, shot during the Spanish Civil War. Indeed, the cache stayed hidden for decades and was thought lost to the world. It wasn’t until 2007 that the so-called Mexican Suitcase arrived at the International Center of Photography, the New York museum founded by Capa’s brother, Cornell Capa.

Images by Yuko Shimizu, Sam Weber and Tomer Hanuka at the Society of Illustrators.
Lee Friedlander, ?Alaska,? 2007. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.