Last night was the opening reception of 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides at Aperture Gallery in NYC 101 Tragedies is Enrique Metinides' selection of the key 101 images from his half-century of photographing crime scenes and accidents in Mexico for local newspapers and the notas rojas (or red pages--for their bloody content) crime press. Though Metinides’s photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, this is the first selection of images chosen by the photographer himself, and which offers his own account of his life’s work.
This collection of photographs depicts accidents, tragedy and gruesome crime scenes and other unfortunate events captured in a way that entices a certain curiosity in the viewer. In many of the photographs there is a focus not only the tragedy of the event, but also incorporating the reaction of onlookers, which draws the viewer in to feel almost a part of the scene.
The photographer, Enrique Metinides, who has never traveled outside of Mexico was not physically present for the opening night. However, he was available to talk to visitors at the opening reception via Skype set up on a computer near the entrance to the gallery.
The exhibition is a compelling collection of images which are well worth visiting if you are in Manhattan. The book of images is also available for sale.
The exhibition will run from February 20–April 18, 2013 at:
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, N.Y. 10001 212.505.5555
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