Enrique Metinides


May 23, 2022

Jaralambos Enrique Metinides Tsironides, known as "El Niño" (Mexico City, February 12, 1934 - May 10, 2022),[1] was a Mexican photographer, famous for his journalistic work in red note. He photographed from 1949 to 1979 police incidents, disasters or road accidents, for tabloids.


The son of Greek parents, he began taking pictures of road accidents at the age of 9 with a camera that his father gave him. He published the first photograph of himself at 12, [2] for which he earned the nickname "El Nino". He initially worked as a photographer's assistant for the tabloid newspaper La Prensa, for which he subsequently worked for several decades. He had special permission from the Mexican Red Cross to work and even created the radial code system used today.[2] He exhibited his photographs at Casa de América, Madrid, Spain; the Guadalajara Art Center, Guadalajara, Mexico; The Photographers' Gallery in London, UK; the Anton Kern Gallery in New York and recently in the Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos and the Museo del Estanquillo in Mexico City. One of his most famous photographs is "Adela Legarreta Rivas run over by a Datsun", taken in 1979, which largely explains Metinides' style: the exposure of emotions from extreme situations of human tragedies, taken with talent and artistic photographic resources. . The shot was made at the intersection of Avenida Chapultepec and Calle Monterrey, in the Roma neighborhood, in Mexico City. In his works he tried to show something beyond the accident, drawing inspiration from the old gangster movies that he liked to go to the cinema when he was a child. He published the book 101 Tradegies of Enrique Metenides which contains the iconic images that the photographer himself has chosen.


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"Enrique Metinides, the photographer of the disaster, exhibits for the first time in New York", note in the newspaper El País "Pulp Nonfiction, Ripped From the Tabloids", article in The New York Times Photos of Enrique Metinides The Guardian: Crime Scene Investigator "In the place of coincidence" Enrique Metinides in Zonezero