Tuesday, May 02, 2006


by Kathryn Garcia @ artnet

Sometimes it seems like Mexico City is built on layers of death, first the sacrifices of the sun-worshipping Aztecs, then the Spanish genocide in the name of Christ. Today, modern life adds another layer -- the violence, crime and suffering that permeate the world’s most populous city.

Such contemporary catastrophes are the subjects of Enrique Metinides (b. 1934), the Mexico City photojournalist who has an intuitive aptitude for framing compellingly gruesome images. Since age 12, he has dedicated his life to tabloid photography, snapping shots for La Prensa as well as following tragedy as employee of the Red Cross, capturing some of the darkest aspects of human existence.


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