"The lost photo of Gerda Taro" has been found

FV, the oldest photographic magazine in Spain, is publishing in scoop the lost original photo of Gerda Taro on his deathbed, at the hospital of El Escorial (Madrid, Spain).
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MADRID - May 8, 2019 - PRLog -- When at the beginning of 2018 what is now known as the last photo of Gerda Taro appeared, we pointed out, in a special article published in FV 257, entitled Yes, it was Gerda Taro, that we had previously seen that picture in the book Sanidad en las Brigadas Internacionales (Health in the International Brigades), with the following photo caption: "John Kyszely (sic), Hungarian doctor, attending a wounded person in the reception room of a hospital in El Escorial, turned into war hospital during the Battle of Brunete".

Original photo lost

We knew very well that that photo, as we had read repeatedly that book —a compilation of texts by Manuel Requena Gallego and Rosa María Sepúlveda Losa, for the CEDOBI (Centro de Estudios y Documentación de las Brigadas Internacionales)— during the investigations that led us to identify the place where Gerda Taro was transferred after the accident she suffered in the front of Brunete, which was the old seminary of the Sacred Hearts of El Escorial, reconverted in a war hospital and where Gerda Taro eventually died (see FV 253). We were informed by CEDOBI that the original of that photograph, which has a larger framing than the one posted on Twitter by the General Kiszely, son of the doctor that appears in the photo treating a wounded Gerda Taro lying on a stretcher, was Dr. Moisés Broggi (1908- 1912). In any case, at CEDOBI they only had a poorly scanned image, but not the original photograph.

Original photo finally found

In FV we never gave up and, despite our limited resources, we decided to continue with our research, because our interest in this case is not limited to short term interests and the news of the day, but to the rigorous historical knowledge.

At the beginning of April 2019, Marc Antoni Broggi contacted FV again, to give us the good news that the "Lost photo of Gerda Taro" had been found. That photograph is not only relevant because of the image itself, but also for the handwritten text on its back.

The photo and explanatory text on its back

At FV 264, May 2019, we have published an scoop article informing that the lost photo has appeared, as well as about the handwritten inscription on its back, its historical implications and the contribution of this new lost photography, now happily found, to the history of Gerda Taro, as well as to the real history of the photography, after the doubts and inaccuracies raised by the one originally published by John Kiszely on Twitter, in January 2018.

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