This is a special collector’s edition of Enrique Metinides’s 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides. It features a specially designed fold-out cover and is limited to a print run of 500 copies of which 101 are signed and numbered by the artist.
101 Tragedies is Enrique Metinides’s choice of the 101 key images from his life photographing crime scenes and accidents in Mexico for local newspapers and the nota roja (or “red pages,” for their bloody content) crime press. Alongside each image, extended captions give his account of the situation depicted, describing the characters and life of the streets, the sadness of families, the criminals, and the heroism of emergency workers—revealing much about himself in the process. 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 knows Metinides well, and who also contributes an essay about his life, work, and personality. Since all of Metinides’s previous books are out of print, or strictly for art audiences, this will be the only book in print about his life and work. It is also the only Metinides book comprised of images chosen by the photographer himself, and which offers his own account of his life’s work. An accompanying exhibition, which launched at Rencontres d’Arles in July 2011, is being toured to venues in Europe and the Americas.