Enrique Metinides - Series

  • Published by Kominek, 2011
  • 144 pages 100 images
  • Color and b/w duotone.
  • Softcover 1st edition


The news photographs of Enrique Metinides: crime scenes, crashes, suicides, murders and dead bodies. Metinides photographed his first dead body before he was twelve. This is a theme that continued for the rest of his career. From the 1940s to 1990s he worked for the notorious Mexican tabloid press the "Nota Roja" and for years slept with a radio tuned to emergency stations so he could rush to the scene of the latest accident, crime or disaster. Unlike many news photographers Metindes work has the feel of scenes from an unmade movie, his well composed photos shot with a wide angle lens and fill in daylight flash.

Kominek Gallery Berlin has published Series, which presents Metindes' work as if cinematography, examining the themes of his deeply ambiguous photography. Series is an attempt to examine Enrique Metinides' work from the perspective of cinematography and the sequence. Showing that an act took place, that it really happened, gives the photographs the chance to vindicate their real and their fictional aspects; it also allows viewers to be conscious of their own confusion as they struggle to take a position vis-agrave;-vis ambiguous material and makes it possible for them to redeploy their gaze

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