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Enrique Metinides * 1934 in Mexico City, lives in Mexico City

"Metinides attributes his style of photography to cinema. He grew up watching Hollywood movies as well as Mexican films. He loved comedy and noir; from Laurel and Hardy and Cantinflas, to Dolores del Río and Al Capone [...] The decisive moment in Metinides’ work is the moment of impact–that split second, which will or will not change destiny–rather than the action of taking the photograph. The photographs come later; they are, if anything, delayed decisive moments [...] Metinides’ [...]

"Metinides attributes his style of photography to cinema. He grew up watching Hollywood movies as well as Mexican films. He loved comedy and noir; from Laurel and Hardy and Cantinflas, to Dolores del Río and Al Capone [...] The decisive moment in Metinides’ work is the moment of impact–that split second, which will or will not change destiny–rather than the action of taking the photograph. The photographs come later; they are, if anything, delayed decisive moments [...] Metinides’ photographs are crafted with cinematic precision and style, yet his compassion for the victims is never far away. He feels a deep moral responsibility towards those left behind. In describing the events and their participants, his commentaries are straightforward and without any hint of cynicism."

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