Metinides

 

"Enrique Metinides"
by Veronique Ricardonni

 

Crime reporter Enrique Metinides has spent over 50 years photographing crime in Mexico City. Discovered by a photographer from the yellow press, "El Indio Velasquez," who was intrigued by the presence of an 11-year-old child next to him photographing a car accident in the public thoroughfare, Enrique Metinides began to practice his trade at this tender age, earning himself the nickname of “the Metinides boy.”

 

Murders, suicides, electrocuted persons, train, car and plane crashes, catastrophes and disasters are the tragic events constituting the obscure universe of this Mexican photographer. His aesthetics is drawn from his taste for ciné noir and his passion for police investigation. His composition is moderate and does not make excessive use of pictures of victims in the foreground. It avoids sensationalism and as Carlos Monsivais used to say, "There is nothing morbid about Metinides' work." His position as an impartial observer contrasts with that of those who gaze at his photographs, with their many perspectives that question the spectator. Deafening silence is another great element with which Enrique Metinides composes his images.

 

The work of Enrique Metinides is of incalculable value, both because of its record of Mexico City with all its contradictions, making him the photographer of Post-Modernism and because of the aesthetic value of his colossal oeuvre. For the past 10 years, his works have been displayed in contemporary art galleries and MOMA acquired several pieces for its permanent collection. The market's interest underscores the questioning of the way we regard death and its evolution over time.

 

The selection of 17 color photographs and the previously unreleased video displayed in the Garash gallery reflect the desire of curators Véronique Ricardoni and Rodrigo Espinosa to provide a representative sample of the artist's most recent work, including photomontages created from his photographs and collection of toys. The exhibition's curatorship attempted to use a few, iconic images to reflect the violent flow of production and the record of the moments when life takes its leave as well as the violent flow of creation and artistic recreation as the eternal staging of the possible purpose of anonymous existences in which Enrique Metinides’ work restores both light and memory.

Enrique Metinides

 

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Comments (3)
  • Francisco Alvarado LEÓN
    Increíble serie, Me parece fascinante la manera como logra mostrar la estética de lo bizarro.
  • Nicolas Martínez Salazar
    Estimado maestro de la lente , y el momento.Primero, reciba ud. un modesto reconocimiento a ud. pero sobre todo a esa extensa obra que ha de tener, y de que en México no lo reconocen, con tristeza le digo, que es muy lamentáble ese fenómeno, así somos de ignorántes, ingratos, incultos y demás.
    Yo admiré sus obra desde muy niño pués mi tío, y mi madre trabajaban en la CRUZ VERDE y mi pariente me mandaba a la esquina por la prensa, periódico
    que hazta la fecha compro. Y le di´r que yo tambien hago fotos , de accidéntes, muchas pues para su conocimiento soy bombero e imáginese que no he visto. De niño viví, conviví y disfruté de aquellos servicios de emergencia en las ambuláncias de la CRUZ VERDE pues mi padrino era el Dr. Julián Garza TIjerina y nádie me podíoa decrir nada y en los años 60 ví muchos accidéntes, la explosión del aereopuerto, donde murieron civiles y bomberos, el sismo del 57, mutilados por el tren, tranvia, etc. recuerdo muy bien , aquella imágen donde dos ambulántes se lían a golpes por el lesionado, uno de los camilleros era mi tío con otro de la roja, esa foto, segurámente, ud, la tomó, me agradaría tener una cipia, la buscaré en la c. universitária....Muchios saludos maestro y por favor montye una exposición segurámente seré el priomero en visitárla..su muy humilde admirador. Nicolás Martínez Salazar, fotógrafo, bombero e instructor de contra incendio etc . etc. ( nicomar1951@gmail.com) Pentathlón menor-1951@Live.com.mx ...(bomberofo_31-10-51@hotmail.com)
  • Paulina Piña Martínez  - Creatividad y sentimiento
    La mejor técnica para llamar la atención es causar expectativa y sorpresa, crear un concepto imaginario en la mente del espectador es mucho mas atractivo y creativo que tener a la vista el retrato del hecho en cuestión, además de tener una gran persona como lo es Enrique Metinides que en lo personal su trabajo me parece creativo y con clase, ya que desde mi punto de vista en la fotografía lo mas importante no es captar la imagen sino captar el momento y pienso que solo se logra con sentimiento.
    La manera en la que piensa sus fotografías que no solo son periodísticas sino que también son artísticas como él mismo lo menciona me parece distinguible, maravilloso, sorprendente!!!!. Muchas felicidades y que orgullo contar con gente como Metinides en nuestro país.
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