Mexican Suite by Olivier Debroise
A History of Photography in Mexico

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The history of photography in Mexico was a largely untold story until the 1994 publication of Olivier Debroise's Fuga Mexicana, un recorrido por la fotografía en México. Based on ten years' research in public and private photographic archives in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, and Europe, Fuga Mexicana provided the first comprehensive survey of Mexican photography from the advent of the daguerreotype in 1839 to the present.

Now this benchmark publication is available in English as Mexican Suite. Olivier Debroise and Stella de Sá Rego have revised this edition to include more current material and explanatory notes for an audience less familiar with Mexican history. They have also eliminated some of the general history of photography and added more of the early history of photography in Mexico, as well as many new, previously unpublished images.The book is organized both chronologically and thematically, which allows viewer/readers to follow the evolution of major photographic genres and styles. Debroise also examines the role of photography in the development of modern Mexico and the influence of prominent foreign photographers such as Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In its totality, Mexican Suite constitutes an extended essay on Mexican culture as a whole and on how this culture has been read, interpreted, and imagined.


About Olivier Debroise

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Debroise is an art and cultural historian, critic, curator, novelist, and filmmaker.
Published March 1, 2001 by University of Texas Press. 344 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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With a talent for biting wit (the early 20th century Mexican press possessed ""a perversity that was then uncommon"") and bold recontextualizations, Mexico City independent curator and scholar Debroise takes figures like Manuel Alvarez Bravo and Tina Modotti and moves them from the ""exotic"" mar...

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Debroise's vivid writing, his knowledge of the history of photography, and his familiarity with archives in Mexico, the United States, and Europe informed his elucidations of significant national traits in photography in Mexico.

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