The Mexican Suitcase is the two volume catalog for the ICP exhibition of the same title that was on view from September 24th, 2010 to May 8th, 2011.
The Mexican Suitcase for the first time gives the public an opportunity to experience images drawn from this famous collection of recovered negatives. In December 2007, three boxes filled with rolls of film, containing 4,500 35mm negatives of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and Chim (David Seymour)—which had been considered lost since 1939—arrived at the International Center of Photography.
These three photographers, who lived in Paris, worked in Spain, and published internationally, laid the foundation for modern war photography. Their work has long been considered some of the most innovative and passionate coverage of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). Many of the contact sheets made from the found negatives look closely at some of the major stories by Capa, Taro, and Chim. These images are seen alongside the magazines of the period in which they were published and with the photographers' own contact notebooks. The exhibition was organized by ICP assistant curator Cynthia Young.