Curated by Trisha Ziff, 212berlin
101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides is Enrique Metinides’s choice of the key images from over fifty years of photographing crime scenes and accidents in Mexico for local newspapers and the nota roja crime press. Accompanying the images are Metinides’s own accounts of the characters and life of the streets, the sadness of families, the criminals, and the heroism of emergency workers—which reveal much about himself as well. Selected photographs are also paired with their original newsprint tearsheets, collected by Metinides. The photographs have been compiled by Trisha Ziff, a filmmaker and curator who has collaborated with Metinides on this project for over five years and who contributed an essay about his life, work, and personality to the accompanying publication, 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides (Aperture, 2012). 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.
A limited‐edition portfolio featuring Metinides’s latest photographs is available through Aperture. In this series, Metinides has re‐constructed and created fictional rescue scenarios for crime scenes photographed early in his career, using his collection of over ten thousand toy firemen and medics. These recent pictures are a new twist on an extraordinary career. The prints were made at the artist’s local Costco in Mexico City, and are offered in the paper Costco bags in which he picked them up.