witness

March 23, 2009

while perusing phillips de pury’s catalog for their upcoming photographs auction i came across this group of images by the mexican photographer enrique metinides.

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untitled (intento suicida desde el torea, ciudad de mexico), 1971 © enrique metinides

i saw his work awhile ago in an issue of vice magazine and was blown away by his stark and brutal imagery of a lot of bad shit that seems to happen in mexico city. murder, suicide, kidnapping, car accidents, if someone has just been killed in mexico city, chances are he is there taking a photograph of it.

is it fucked up to be drawn to these images in the way that i am? is it bad to admire a photograph of someone who is about to jump off a bridge (or some sort of structure), or to find beauty in an image of a woman crying because her boyfriend has just been stabbed to death…

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Una mujer llora a su novio muerto apuñalado en el parque de Chapultepec por mostrar resistencia a unos ladrones © enrique metinides

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