Mexican Notebooks 1934-1964




This book brings together a selection of images that depict, with brutal accuracy, the panorama of everyday life in Mexico. It features a collection of photographs taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson during two separate trips he made to Mexico: firstly in 1934, as an upcoming photographer, and, subsequently, 30 years later. Simultaneously evoking contrasting emotions - from feelings of disturbance, humour and spirituality to, ultimately, complete abstraction - Cartier-Bresson successfully captures the true essence of crowded markets, the stark and dusty landscapes which characterise this country, and an execution wall. The most powerful element in the book has to be the light: a light that alludes to heat, the ever-present atmosphere of poverty and the enormous amount of history that pervades the country.