The Mexican Suitcase
If you were not able to see this show at ICP in New York, or buy the book, then this is a must. Just think Robert Capa, the Spanish Civil War, a lost suitcase, a discovery of said suitcase all these years later…..and then you begin to understand this story. There were other players involved here as well, legendary figures, but Capa, for those of you who don’t know, is as influential as any photographer in the history of photography. This goes beyond his images. I know this might sound odd, but I think Capa influenced photographers, and still does, in ways that go way beyond the actual photographs. Capa was an ideal. His attitude, approach, physicality, and flair are emulated by generations of photographers, whether they want to admit it or not. When it comes to romanticizing the photojournalist…all roads lead to Capa.