In American pop culture, we are fascinated with the macabre, zombies, murders, and tragedies reflected in our most popular movies and media.  In 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides, edited by Trisha Ziff who also writes the introduction, you get a peek into the realities of life. With joy, there is tragedy and no one is immune to death.

As a photographic reporter, Eric Metinides opens up his scrap books and body of work to share with the readers, each tragedy is cataloged with a synopsis written by the photographer.

After reviewing this book several times, you always notice the mundane aspects of death; most look like they are sleeping, are caught in a moment when they were moving along and suddenly die via an accident, electrocution, or murder.  Each tragedy is numbered and they all come from the 60’s through the 80’s.

Amidst the allure of Mexico City–with an estimated 30 million inhabitants–you are aware that within these tragedies, there always is a guaranteed audience.

The most touching are the children; even with all the mess, they keep a small part of their innocence intact. One such is a photograph where the boy has his hand squashed in a meat grinder.

The blank stare of onlookers to terrible tragedies is chilling, but we are all guilty of slowing down when we see an accident, a bit of voyeur instinct to the horrors of the world around us.

101 Tragedies of Enrique Metindes edited by Trisha Ziff is a perfect addition to any library, it is truly a conversational starter for any occasion. The photographs are beautiful and tell a story of forgotten moments of the bizarre.

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101 Tragedies of Enrique Metindes edited by Trisha Ziff

2012 Aperture


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