New York Exhibition: 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides at Aperture Gallery

Thursday, April 18th

101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides
Metinides’s Selection from Over Fifty Years of Photography for the Mexican Press

Presented by

Aperture Foundation

Ernesto Metinides Photo
Enrique Metinides’ images needed no photo captions as he captured life in real time.


What: 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides, the photographer’s choice of the key images from over fifty years of photographing crime scenes and accidents in Mexico for local newspapers and the nota roja crime press. Accompanying the images are Metinides’s own accounts of the characters and life of the streets, the sadness of families, the criminals, and the heroism of emergency workers—which reveal much about himself as well. Note: Many of us can remember all of those photos in the Mexican publication Alarma! The most tragic photos, most certainly were taken by Enrique Metinides.

When:   Exhibition on view: February 20, 2013–April 18, 2013

Where: Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street
4th Floor
New York, NY

Admission: Free — Gratis!

Exhibition Info.:

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Excerpt from ASX NYC Review:

101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides

“In an age of unparalleled media saturation, the diversity of ways we experience tragedy, real, imagined, or virtual, have risen exponentially. Enrique Metinides (b. Mexico City, 1934) was a media photographer for over fifty years. Working for Mexico’s infamous nota roja crime magazines, he chronicled the gore and grist of life, and has often been called the Mexican Weegee. The exhibit at Aperture Gallery, 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides, is a dossier of planes, trains, cars and trucks, shown crashed, crumpled, submerged, and on-fire. There are broken limbs, gunshot wounds, electrocutions, drownings and suicides, among other unfortunate events.

Aperture’s exhibition is a selection of choice images. It is the first time Metinides has curated his own work. Many of the photographs are accompanied by captions, explaining narratives and providing commentary by the artist. The presentation is a collaboration with the curator and documentary filmmaker, Trisha Ziff, who worked with Metinides for six years to develop the project. It was first shown at Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival in France in 2011, where discussion with Aperture began about a book and a New York exhibition.

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…” –Vladimir Gintoff, ASX NYC, March 2013

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