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METINIDES, Enrique

Enrique_METINIDESBorn in 1934 in Mexico City.

Lives and works in Mexico City.


Enrique Metinides Tsironides was born into a family of Greek immigrants living in Mexico. At the age of ten his father gave him his first camera. He shot his first rolls of street life and stills inspired by his favorite gangster movies. At twelve he began photographing the work of the police and worked with the photographer ‘El Indio’ for the newspaper La Prensa. He only resigned in 1997, when the newspaper was bought and he and 450 co-op members found themselves unemployed. In 2000 the first book of Metinides, El Teatro de los Hechos, was published. Since then, Metinides’ work has been seen in major group shows in Mexico City, PS1 New York, Photo España, San Francisco MOMA and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Solo exhibitions include Anton Kern Gallery in New York and Blum and Poe in Los Angeles. Two exhibitions are also planned this year in Berlin and New York.


Enrique Metinides presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2011: 101 Tragedies at the Atelier des Forges.