22 September 2010

The Mexican suitcase

In December 2007 three small cardboard boxes were found in Mexico City. These boxes contained 126 rolls of films which includes the Spanish civil war negatives taken by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and Chim(David Seymour). There are also several portraits of Capa and Taro by Fred Stein. These negatives will be exhibited at the brother of Robert Capa, Cornell Capa's International Center of Photography from 24 September.

I saw some of these photos at a Capa exhibition I went to a couple of years ago. I can not be bored of his amazing photos anyway. I am sure The Mexican suitcase will come to London sometime, someday. I just need to wait till the day come....

One of the three cardboard boxes

Republican soldier on motorcycle, Segovia front, Spain, May-June 1937
By Gerda Taro

Young Republican soldier, Brunete, Spain, July 1937 by Gerda Taro

Segovia front, Spain, May-June 1937 by Gerda Taro

Parade for the 19th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Barcelona,
November 8 1936 by Chim (David Seymour)

Republican soldier, Basque region, Spain, February 1937
by Chim (David Seymour)

Famous story of the falling soldier by Capa from Vu magazine 1936

Capa's Contact sheet

An internment camp for Spanish refugees, Argelès-sur-Mer, France,
March 1939 by Robert Capa

Rio Segre, Argón front, Spain, November 1938 by Robert Capa

19 September 2010

Urban landscape with the Berlin Wall 1961-1989

1961 Shortly after constructed the wall

1970 The wall and Former Air Ministry, now Finance ministry

1970 East Berlin


1989 A couple weeks before the fall of the Berlin wall

2 September 2010

Hara-Kiri magazine

Hara-Kiri, Journal bête et méchant (Stupid and Vicious Magazine) was a French satirical magazine started by Georges Bernier in 1960s. The magazine covers were always provocative and shocking! I like to imagine a young cool Parisian flicking through the pages of Hara-Kiri at a café in St.Germain......

Hara-Kiri in Japanese means ritual suicide.