Image Taken from YouTube – The Art of Photography – The Mexican Suitcase Somehow, years after this effort, the negatives made their way to General Francisco Aguilar González, a former Mexican Ambassador. Thanks to the excellent condition of the negatives, we can assume he knew that the pictures were important, or at least valuable. The suitcase was finally discovered in the 1990s by a Mexican filmmaker named Benjamin Tarver. He inherited them from his aunt, a close friend of Aguilar’s. This is more evidence that the General knew that they were indeed items of great value. Further Learning
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In 1979, Robert's brother,
Cornell Capa, started to work things out in order to recover the lost negatives. He contacted Tarver several times, but Tarver didn’t seem interested in giving the pictures away. After many attempts to at least get close to the negatives, Trisha Ziff came onto the scene and finally convinced Tarver to allow Cornell Capa to get the negatives. The negatives returned home in 2007 – or to the ICP, which was the former archive of Capa's and Taro's work. Remembering Contact Sheets
Stating all the images inside the Mexican Suitcase are masterpieces of photojournalism would be a reckless thing to say (partly due to my subjectivity), but it’s how I feel about all the images I’ve had the opportunity to see.
Hope someday I’ll grab a copy of the book for myself. (I accept donations, haha.) We may thank the International Center of Photography (ICP) for the job they’ve done in spreading the images through an earlier (now inaccessible) website in which they posted the digital scanning results of the images. For me, all the scanned images I’ve seen from the Mexican Suitcase are a complete delight. Maybe it’s because they are great world war two pictures, or maybe because I know that such a wolf pack of photographers were behind each of the shots. I'm certain that if any of the photographers were alive when the images were showcased, many of them would consider them unworthy of publication. I learned this by reading the book , in which you can enter the intimate process of choosing the best of the best images from a roll of film. Magnum Contact Sheets Free Image from Pexels Contact sheets were a standard way of doing things in photography. The procedure was simple, and the impact upon publications was tremendous. The photographers used to arrange the 36 exposures of the roll of film onto a single sheet of photographic paper and print a positive version of them in order to select the best pieces. The best pieces later proceeded to the fine procedure of tonally enhanced printing, or zone system printing. This resulted in very few keepers, and even fewer that were publication-worthy. “It’s something we can learn from. It’s one thing to select the best images from 2000 photos; it’s another to choose the best of 36 exposures!”
The high-quality ratio is very interesting to see when we compare the limitations that film presented versus the digital generosity we now take for granted.
These instruments were not so popular for publishing matters but were the back-end of the iconic images that many generations grew up and matured with.
Maybe we don’t have the habit of printing contact sheets, but it’s not a practice that must be discarded – there are many ways to create them. It's a great way to get back in touch with photography, the
tangible art of photography. I'm not suggesting that we're all solely digital uploaders because many many readers here still prefer the printed photograph. What I am saying is that in a digital age, why not grab a pack of inexpensive photo paper and get used to printing more regularly? See how you go and then invest some more into it. Feel A Photograph And Take A Step Back Does it say something different to you which it didn't when you took the image? Does it look even better printed than on screen? Does it provoke more or less emotion when you're actually holding it?
Some of these types of questions are important for photographers. Just because we're in a
digital/online age (yes, I'm in the same boat) does it mean that we should print any less? I'm not old-school per se, I just haven't forgotten it. For me, the easiest way is just to print a PDF file of each batch of 36 images in a single 8” x 11.5” sheet, just for the experience of interacting with a physical object when selecting the best image from a walk or a shoot. It's a great place to start. World War Two Pictures – Top Takeaways These were some brave times for photographers and even today, ANY photographer or journalist caught up in reporting the horrors of war – we should salute them! Many made the ultimate sacrifice – notably Gerda Taro. These ideas give us a clue as to photographers today have got their passions and styles influenced. where This truly remarkable story of a great find after all these years makes us appreciate the hard efforts of times before and how we can adapt and learn going forward into equally exciting times in photography today. Further Resources Further Learning
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