Δευτέρα, 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

Enrique Metinides


Enrique Metinides(1934-) is a Mexican photographer known for his stark and often grisly depictions of life in Mexico City. He worked as a photographer from 1949 to 1979 as part of the "Nota Roja" (or "bloody news"), shooting arresting photos of crime, murder, airplane crashes and other disasters for Mexico City tabloids. As a photographer of accidents, disasters and tragedies, 70 years old Enrique Metinides has spent more than fifty years taking pictures of every tragedy imaginable in Mexico City. His work documents a macabre history of the city and its deterioration from the relatively peaceful and naive capital of the fifties to the schizophrenic megalopolis of the twenty first century. His camera not only portrays tragedy and its direct relation to negligence, corruption and urban misery, but also the spectacle of the tragedy, in which masses are crowded in peculiar fashion. His unique style brings together straight investigation with surreal, sensitive and hypnotic imagery.

Mexico City, April 29, 1979. This woman was a famous journalist on her way to a release party for one of her books. Two cars crashed, ran over her, and killed her. Nonetheless, her make up remains intact and her eyes seem to be staring sadly, but almost dreamingly at the skies.


A Woman Grieves over Her Dead Boyfriend, Stabbed in Chapultepec Park While Resisting Robbers, Mexico City, 1985

1971, fatal electrocution of an electricity worker

untitled, 1965


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