In 1942, when Enrique Metinides was eight years old, his father gave him a camera. The family lived near a police station in Mexico City. A year or so later, the cops let little Enrique inside so he could take his first picture that would be published in the newspapers: that of a detective holding up the severed head of a man who had been murdered in the neighborhood. For the next fifty years Metinides would take pictures for the police blotter section of the city’s grisliest newspapers. He shot photos of people who had been shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death; of children whose hands had been mangled in meat grinders; of cars and buses that had crashed and been split in two. He took pictures of train derailments, airplane crashes and gas explosions. All of them were influenced by the black-and-white movies he saw as a child. Enrique Metinides: The Man Who Saw Too Much, a retrospective exhibition of his work, is being shown at the FotoMuseo Cuatro Caminos (Ingenieros Militares 77, Lomas de Sotelo, Naucalpan, Edo. de México). Curated by my friend Trisha Ziff, it’s an incredible show — a sort of collective catalogue of our traumas. Don’t miss it. Trisha also directed a breathtaking documentary about Metinides, also called El hombre que vio demasiado, which will be shown at this year’s Ambulante documentary festival. Click here for the schedule.

4 thoughts on “Trauma

  1. Michael Schuessler - March 24, 2016

    ¡Qué padre! Voy a tratar de ir mañana David.

  2. Dominique - March 24, 2016

    So Metinedes is Mexico’s Weegee.The show sounds fascinating.

  3. Sergio - March 26, 2016

    Thanks David for the heads up. Will plan to catch it.

  4. Tony Chinn-Anaya - March 29, 2016

    David! Luis and I just read an article on Acapulco that you wrote for British Vogue way back in October 1991. I’m a fashion photo enthusiast and I’ve had that magazine around for years and never realized you had written that article until I recently read it again. Hope you are well. Without Facebook, we’ve been disconnected from the old crowd in Mexico City. Te mandamos abrazos fuertes desde San Francisco!

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