The Mexican Suitecase
The first photojournalists Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David Seymour captured those vital moments that made up the history of the Spanish Civil War. Photographers documenting war from the front lines, these volunteers risked their lives to share what was really going on with the world. Before being seen, the negatives traveled alongside Spanish exiles to Mexico, remaining hidden for almost 70 years.The story of that suitcase is brought to life here through a combination of archive footage, present day interviews, and the pictures themselves. Capa's work was extraordinary, inventing perspectives never before seen, and conveying for the first time the horror of military attacks on civilians. But he didn't work alone. This film also serves to highlight the work of Gerda Taro, his personal and professional partner, and of David 'Chim' Seymour. It shows the importance of their teamwork both for the photography itself and as a source of courage in facing the risks involved.
- Jennie Kermode
Come join us at the screening to see the footage of these beautiful photographs and to learn more about the struggles of the Spanish people in the thirties. This premiere will be introduced by: Dr. Laura Brandon
, Historian, Art and War, Canadian War Museum.