A team of investigators has found two unpublished photographs of Agustí Centelles, taken in 1938 during the farewell in Barcelona to the International Brigades, in which appears camera in hand Robert Capa after the President of the Republic, Manuel Azaña, and the chief of government Juan Negrín.
The Photoeditor Joaquín D. Gasca, curator of the exhibition ' Centelles in–edit–Oh! ', he explained to Efe that the importance of this finding is that "it documents for the first time a third encounter between layer and scintillations with some photographs that were taken on October 28th of 1938 in the then Avenue 14 of April (current Diagonal), in an imprecise stretch between the presidential palace (Pedralbes) and the Plaza Hermanos Badía (Francesc Macià) ".
The Government of the Republic had organized a great parade to dismiss the members of the International Brigades, and the two images of Centelles discover Robert Capa with the passage of the vehicles which led on the one hand to the Doctor Juan Negrín accompanied by the General Rojo, and on the other, President Azaña.
The curator of the International Center of Photography (ICP) of new York, Cynthia Young, had no record of these photographs in which he appears Capa with his new camera that replaced the old Leica, a Contax II, with which he had worked in China In the previous months, according to Gasca.
On October 28, 1938 took these photos of Agustí Centelles
On October 28, 1938, at 16:30 hours, resumes Gasca, "were recorded photographs of a photojournalist known internationally as Robert Capa and published throughout the world, and hitherto unpublished photos of Agustí centelles."
The finding has been produced after reviewing in the center of Salamanca's historical Memory The never published photographs of the background centelles, and the first signs that it appeared layer in two of them "were confirmed by the ICP of new York".
That encounter in the same historical moment between cloak and scintillations would be repeated, although in different circumstances, months later, already in 1939, in Bram's French concentration camp, where Capa, as a famous international photographer, and Scintillations as Internally, they portray the field cemetery.
The analysis of both works in Bram makes it possible to deduce, in the words of the historian Rocío Alcalá, that they present two different lenses of the same place and of the same moment.
Layer and scintillations present two different lenses of the MIME place and of the same moment
"The internal scintillations show the solidarity of the refugees when they dismiss the deceased companions; While the vision of Capa is diametrically different: the gendarme accompanies him to take the photograph of the solitary cemetery, "emphasizes Alcalá.
Before the meeting in Barcelona and Bram, there was evidence that the looks of the two photojournalists had crossed on two other occasions.
In 1936 Capa is in Barcelona. Centelles Published Worldwide
In August 1936, Capa is in Barcelona photographing the exit of the Volunteers of the Union of Proletarian Brothers, and there are similar photographs of centelles in the same place and event.
They will meet again in the front of Teruel, when Capa photograph a petty officer of the Guard of assault, and at one end of the negative appears Agustí Centelles, a snapshot that was published in the magazine Life of January 1938, although without the image of Centelles , which was suppressed.
The work of ' centelles in–edit–Oh! ' has so far allowed the identification of some of the anonymous characters that appear in the most famous photos of Centelles, such as the Brigadista International Afro-American Cuba Hermosa-a snapshot that shines in the President Obama's Office; The assault Guard Mariano Vitini or the Guardia Civil Juan Méndez Sancho.
This research group is composed by Rocío Alcalá, the historians Jesús Núñez Calvo and Daniel Cortijo, and the photoeditors Anton and Joaquín Gasca, this last curator of the exhibition dedicated in 2011 in new York to Centelles.
The investigations, continues Gasca, have allowed to break with the cliché that Centelles was a photographer who only published in Catalonia.
"From the comparison of the negatives, we have detected that Centelles publishes its images in dozens of newspapers of the American group Hearst, as well as in more than 80 publications from around the world, in countries like France, Italy, Japan, Belgium or USA.