January 13, 2007
For the first time in New York, a solo show of the extraordinary work of 72 year old Mexican newspaper photographer Enrique Metinides will be on view at Anton Kern Gallery. The exhibition will comprise 35 black & white and color prints and represents a striking cross section of five decades of work.
From the late 1940s to his retirement in 1993, Metinides has worked for the Mexican popular press, in particular for the big-selling tabloids La Prensa and Crimen. His work defined the nota roja, or “bloody news,” a section of the mass media dedicated to violent, tragic or sensationalist real-life events. Fascinated with the imagery of disaster and destruction, Metinides' subjects, all witnessed in or around his native Mexico City, include infernos, floods, airplane crashes, car crashes, train crashes, bus crashes, murders, accidents and suicides.