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Capa's photos from Mexico

I know the lost Capa photos which resurfaced in a suitcase in Mexico are old news, but this web site has beautifully displayed all the information available to hand so far. It also points out how some of the photo documentation of the Spanish civil war will have to be reassessed, especially with regard to more importance being placed on Gerda Tardo’s work.
The site also shows some enlargements of contact sheets of Capa et al, which make interesting viewing.
While you are at it, have a look at some of the work presented on this site, some incredilble documentary work and all well presented.


by darius mccallum at 2008-04-03 12:32:32 UTC (ed. Apr 4 2008 ) korea australia newzealand , Australia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Previously, on this subject here: http://www.lightstalkers.org/capa-negs-found

by Stupid Photographer | 03 Apr 2008 12:04 | Holy Smokes, Holy See | | Report spam→
Thanks Darius – I hadn’t seen the actual pictures until now. What an incredible find. I’m going to study those amazing contacts at my leisure. I’m a sucker for this stuff!

Cheers, PHC.

by Paul Hardy Carter | 03 Apr 2008 13:04 | Monte Pego, Spain | | Report spam→
Yes SP, I realise this news has been discussed before, but this is a new web site with a great presentation of the negs, their history and the ramifications of the find for our present take on the importance of Capa’s work. It is well worth a look. Also, if you click onto the home page you can find a wealth of doco work, most well worth a look, also very well presented.

by darius mccallum | 03 Apr 2008 22:04 | korea australia newzealand, Australia | | Report spam→
thank you very much. What was nitrate film?

by Hernan Zenteno | 04 Apr 2008 02:04 (ed. Apr 4 2008) | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Nitrocellulose was used as the first flexible film base, relegating the old glass plate into history. Camphor is used as plasticizer for nitrocellulose film. It was used until 1933 for X-ray films and for motion picture film until 1951. From the 1920s it was increaqsingly replaced by safety film with an acetate base. During Capa’s time both nitro and acetate film were available, so it looks like Capa shot on nitro film.
It was discovered decades later that nitrocellulose gradually decomposes, releasing nitric acid which decomposes the film. Low temperatures can delay these reactions indefinitely. It is estimated that the great majority of films produced during the early twentieth century were lost forever either through this accelerating, self-catalyzed disintegration. Salvaging old films is a major problem for film archivists. It is surprising that so much of Capa’s nitro film is still in reasonable condition.

by darius mccallum | 04 Apr 2008 03:04 (ed. Apr 4 2008) | korea australia newzealand, Australia | | Report spam→

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