“The Mexican Suitcase” from director Trisha Ziff | 212 Berlin

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase that were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of WWII, contained many of the Spanish Civil War negatives by the legendary photographer Robert Capa and fellow photographers Gerda Taro and David “Chim” Seymour.

When word got out that this film was coming to the world, we knew it would be something that we had to be a part of. With the second press screening ever occurring in my city of Riverside, CA, I made contact with the venue that was showing this film and I was witness to one of the most riveting and powerful pieces of film I have ever seen. Trisha Ziff was on site for the screening and it’s an experience that I will forever keep with me. If you are looking to experience the deep tradition and importance of photography, this film will take you to a world you have never seen. Highly recommended piece of film.

-Erik Otis

http://www.themexicansuitcase.com/


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From the International Center of Photography | http://www.icp.org/

In late December 2007, three small cardboard boxes arrived at the International Center of Photography from Mexico City after a long and mysterious journey. These tattered boxes—the so-called Mexican Suitcase—contained the legendary Spanish Civil War negatives of Robert Capa. Rumors had circulated for years of the survival of the negatives, which had disappeared from Capa’s Paris studio at the beginning of World War II. Cornell Capa, Robert’s brother and the founder of ICP, had diligently tracked down each tale and vigorously sought out the negatives, but to no avail. When, at last, the boxes were opened for the 89-year-old Cornell Capa, they revealed 126 rolls of film—not only by Robert Capa, but also by Gerda Taro and David Seymour (known as “Chim”), three of the major photographers of the Spanish Civil War. Together, these roles of film constitute an inestimable record of photographic innovation and war photography, but also of the great political struggle to determine the course of Spanish history and to turn back the expansion of global fascism. […]

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