Photographs captured by legendary war photographer Robert Capa, which were found in a ‘Mexican Suitcase’, have now gone on show in an online gallery.

The images are among 4,300 frames, documenting the Spanish Civil War, contained in a suitcase whose discovery in Mexico was announced at the beginning of last year.

The case, housing three cardboard boxes, was handed in to the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York.

ICP archivists say they have now completed scanning all the negatives which included dozens of rolls of film captured by Capa’s lover Gerda Taro, and ‘previously unknown images’ by wartime photographer David (Chim) Seymour.

Most of the pictures are believed to have been taken between May 1936 and March 1939.

Previously unknown images of Capa and Taro were also discovered, according to the ICP.

However, as we reported last year, the negative of Capa’s 1936 image, ‘The Falling Soldier’, which has never been seen, was not among the treasures.

Experts had hoped that the discovery of this negative – and frames either side of it – would prove one way or another whether one of Robert Capa’s most famous war photographs was staged.

The picture shows a Spanish Republican militiaman reeling backwards at what appears to be the moment a bullet strikes him dead.

Last year the ICP ? an organisation founded by Robert Capa’s brother Cornell, who died last year ? strongly defended the picture’s authenticity.

To view Robert Capa’s images from the archive from the Mexican Suitcase, visit the ICP’s online gallery.


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