Sunday, around midday, a soon-to-be-married couple decides to go for a boat ride on the lake in Chapultepec Park, a popular park in Mexico City. As they walk towards the dock, two hoodlums threaten them with a knife. The man resists the assault and receives a fatal stab wound. The criminals run off, stealing the 50 pesos (less than 3 euro) in the man’s wallet and leaving his lifeless body lying there on the grass, his distraught girlfriend at his side.
In the last decade, the ‘bloody news’ photographs of Enrique Metinides (Mexico, 1934) have found their way to the gallery space. These images, once recorded for the sake of sensational newspapers specialized in gore and horror, are now regarded as icons of disaster. Recognized as the ‘Weegee’ of Mexico, Metinides and his morbid fascination for other people’s pain has been widely celebrated. It leaves a simultaneous repulsion and attraction given by the aesthetic composition and our inability to distinguish between fiction and reality when it come to the banality of violence in Mexico City.
Enrique Metinides found humanity in catastrophe. Nicknamed ‘El Nino’ -he photographed his first corpse when he was 12 - Metinides got everywhere first. He was always to be found hanging around the police station, going to the morgue, or even traveling the ambulance as a volunteer with the Red Cross. Using a wide-angle lens and daylight flash, the latter in emulation of news photographers he'd seen in the movies, Metinides’ body of work consists of pictures that show unrelieved and awful intimacy, intensity and apparent salaciousness. Things we feel we shouldn't be looking at, but it is hard to drag our eyes away.
PRINT Details:122 x 80 cm
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Softcover 144 pages
245 x345 mm
Kominek Books Berlin 2011
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