Cucurrucucu: Considering the Crime

“Perhaps it is a fantasy that one could wield power over the representation of death by its abstracted nature? Is this not a dangerous game to play god over the image of death?”

Indexing the Execrable: Stefan Ruiz’s Mexican Crime Photographs

“Here he has collected thieves and murderers, but mostly thieves. Los Ladrones. Sticky fingers”. Mexican Crime Photographs from the archive of Stefan Ruiz With dry and flaking fingers, the man combs over the contents of a shoe box full of rusty paperclips and tattered and some odorous pieces of paper featuring young men, so many […]

101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides at Aperture (2013)

Untitled, (Adela Legarreta Rivas is struck by a white Datsun on Avenida Chapultepec, Mexico City, 29 April 1979) Despite their often gruesome content, it is fascinating and often too easy to look at Metinides’ pictures. In the same way that many of the photographs depict audiences amidst tragedy, we too become spectators of the event. […]

PJ ROUNTREE: “HOT, DAILY DEATH AND SEX” (2012)

El Grafico 28,051, November 29, 2010 Hot, Daily Death and Sex Text by Paul Loomis, ASX, May 2012 I had been living in Mexico City for only two months when I encountered artist P.J. Rountree’s collection of El Grafico covers.  He collects various visual textures from the urban environment, manipulating some and archiving others as […]

Agustin Victor Casasola: “Mexico City”

  Agustín Víctor Casasola (1874–1928) was a Mexican photographer and partial founder of the Mexican Association of Press Photographers. Born in Mexico City, Casasola apprenticed as a typesetter and later became a reporter for El Imparicial, which was one of the official newspapers of the Díaz government. With innovations and improvements in photography and printing […]

An Interview with Enrique Metinides: Death, Gore and Crying at Night

 “And so, the first picture I took was this one. [He shows me a picture of a police officer holding up a severed head.] He was murdered.” Interview with Enrique Metinides, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest By Daniel Hernandez I stood on the sidewalk on thunderous Avenida Revolución in the Escandon district of Mexico City […]