La Pasionaria in the Mexican suitcase

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The stories that photojournalists have told over the last century have sometimes been incomplete, cut short by the death of the photographer, accidents in the darkroom, destruction during war or other catastrophes, or simply the unexplained loss of negatives. One such apparent loss was a large trove of negatives shot during the Spanish Civil War by three of the leading photographers of that conflict, Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour, or Shim. These pictures, together known as the Mexican Suitcase, resurfaced several years ago, and they have just been shown for the first time in New York at the International Centre of Photography. I was one of the editors working on the exhibition and catalogue, and I propose an intimate, hour-long look inside the Mexican Suitcase, considering first it unique history and trajectory, and then surveying some of the 4500 images contained within. The talk will conclude by exploring one of the little discussed riches of the collection: the portraits of Dolores Ibarurri, La Pasionaria, who was photographed separately by each of the artists in the show. This presentation will be complemented by dozens of high-quality images from the Mexican Suitcase.
Period02 Nov 2010
Event titleWar and Memory Research Group Seminar
Event typeSeminar
LocationBelfast, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational