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Jaralambos Enrique Metinides Tsironides (born February 12, 1934) is a Mexican photographer known for his stark and often grisly depictions of life in Mexico City. He worked as a photographer from 1949 to 1979 as part of the "Nota Roja" (or "bloody news"), shooting arresting photos of crime, murder, airplane crashes and other disasters for Mexico City tabloids.
Enrique Metinides was born to a family of Greek immigrants in Mexico City on February 12, 1934. He published his first photo at the age of twelve, earning him the nickname "El Niño" ("the boy'). A year later, he became an unpaid intern under the crime reporter for the tabloid newspaper La Prensa, beginning a prolific five decade career in photography.
As a photographer of accidents, disasters and tragedies, 70 years old Enrique Metinides has spent more than fifty years taking pictures of every tragedy imaginable in Mexico City. His work documents a macabre history of the city and its deterioration from the relatively peaceful and naive capital of the fifties to the schizophrenic megalopolis of the twenty first century. His camera not only portrays tragedy and its direct relation to negligence, corruption and urban misery, but also the spectacle of the tragedy, in which masses are crowded in peculiar fashion. Metinides has profoundly inspired a new generation of contemporary Mexican artists over the past decade[when?]. His unique style brings together straight investigation with surreal, sensitive and hypnotic imagery.
Metinides began his career shooting photos of crime and disaster for La Prensa. Over the course of his life, he shot thousands of photos and was published in La Prensa, ¡Alarma! and Crimen.
He is sometimes compared to the American photographer Weegee for his stark depictions of the harsh realities of urban life.
His work has been shown in numerous galleries, including Casa de América, Madrid, Spain; la Central de Arte Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Photographers' Gallery, London, United Kingdom and the Anton Kern Gallery, New York,
He currently lives and works in Mexico City.
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