Topic Descriptor: photography×
  • Sobre la “prostitución"
    Buenaventura Vidal, Nicolás
    While a member of the Central Committee of the Colombian Communist Party, Nicolás Buenaventura wrote the text, “Sobre la prostitución” [On Prostitution], that discusses the exhibition Fernell Franco Fotografías. Buenaventura analyzes [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 864547

  • Fernell Franco, Presentación María Iovino M.
    Iovino Moscarella, María, 1962-
    This text, which compiles interviews and conversations that took place between art critic and researcher María Iovino and photographer Fernell Franco between 2001 and 2004, is the introduction to the catalogue, Otro Documento. The catalogue was part [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 860546

  • Oscar Muñoz
    Herzog, Hans- Michael, 1956-
    This interview covers Óscar Muñoz’s career from the early days in Cali in the late sixties until 2004, the time period that is the focus of interest. Muñoz connects his art with his formation as an artist and with what happened in his native [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 860414

  • Algo sobre fotografía
    Ramos, Luis Benito, 1899-1955
    In this theoretical essay written for the magazine Revista Pan, the Colombian photographer Luis B. Ramos rates “Beauty” as the only goal worth pursuing in life. In his opinion, that pursuit should be unfettered by any particular technique, though [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 860264

  • Estatutos de "Ciudad Solar"
    Corporación Ciudad Solar (Cali, Colombia)
    In 1971, a group of young adults (20–26 years old) in Cali led by Hernando Guerrero, a photographer and editor, set up an independent space to promote creative projects in the visual and graphic arts, photography, and film. In order to make this [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 858536

  • La fotografía artística
    Méndez Caratini, Héctor, 1949-
    One hundred fifty years after the birth of photography, the Puerto Rican photographer, Héctor Méndez Caratini, writes in 1991 about art photography in New York. He notes what a different reception this work is given in New York, compared to the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 856906

  • [Letter] [1961 Noviembre 15, Caracas to Alejandro Otero]
    Boulton, Alfredo, 1908-1995
    In this letter, art critic Alfredo Boulton reveals to his friend, the artist Alejandro Otero, then in Paris, about his reservations with the new extra-pictorial [habitually not used] materials he had begun using after the Coloritmos series created by [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 850274

  • Bodies and subjects in the technologized self-portrait : the work of Laura Aguilar
    Jones, Amelia
    In this essay, Amelia Jones explores the Post-modern notion of the “multiply identified body/self” that emerged in the art of the 1990s, by focusing on the self-portraits of the Los Angeles Chicana photographer Laura Aguilar. Unlike the body- [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848894

  • Agustín Víctor Casasola's Soldaderas : malinchismo and the Chicana/o Artist
    Latorre, Guisela, 1970-
    In this essay, Guisela Latorre examines the reinterpretation by Chicano/a artists of photographs of soldaderas (female soldiers who participated in the Mexican Revolution) by the Mexican photographer Agustín Víctor Casasola. According to Latorre, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848856

  • Cuba of her mind : María Martínez-Cañas' photographic constructions
    Kuspit, Donald B.
    American art critic Donald Kuspit opens this essay on the work of María Martínez-Cañas by asking what meaning Cuba holds for the artist, since she immigrated to the United States at such a young age (three months old). He explains the extensive [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848238

  • Contact lenses, corrected vision
    Lippard, Lucy
    Art critic Lucy Lippard gives an overview of issues that have galvanized Latino artists in the United States to take action; the most notable causes being migrant workers rights in the 1960s and ‘70s, protests against United States interventions in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 842196

  • Introduction
    Wilde- Biasiny, Betty
    Betty Wilde-Biasiny recounts the emergence of the photography collective, En Foco [Focused], to the rise of alternative artist-run spaces and collectives in New York City during the 1970s. Wilde-Biasiny states that En Foco’s promotion of cultural [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 842153

  • Editorial
    Biasiny- Rivera, Charles
    Photographer Charles Biasiny-Rivera recounts the history of En Foco [Focused], the first Puerto Rican photographers collective in New York City. Founded in 1973, En Foco’s community-based programs in the Bronx included operating a street gallery, a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 842134

  • Intercambio Adál
    Biasiny- Rivera, Charles
    En Foco founding director, Charles Biasiny-Rivera, and Nuyorican artist Adal Maldonado discuss the latter’s transition from documentary projects in the 1970s, to the employment of photography in conceptual installations in the 1990s. Adal relates [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 842104

  • Blurriness in focus
    Falconi, José Luis
    José Luis Falconi discusses Nuyorican photographer Adal Maldonado’s series, Out of Focus Nuyoricans, as a metaphorical depiction of the mutable nature of Puerto Rican identity and nationhood. By choosing to portray his Puerto Rican subjects as [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 841920

  • Mañana se clausurará la magnífica exposición de Edward Weston y Tina Modotti. La bella y genial artista italiana Tina Modotti y su excelente arte fotográfico
    Peña, José María
    This is an informative short article about an exhibition held by Tina Modotti and Edward Weston in Guadalajara, Jalisco, from August 31 to September 6, 1925, in the Exhibition Hall of the Museo del Estado. José María Peña gives us a detailed [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 823232

  • La próxima exposición de Edward Weston, el original y vigoroso artista mexicano
    The writer of this short article tells us that there will be an exhibition of about 100 photographs of the “very delicate” work of Edward Weston. He tells us that these works will be related to the concept of daily life in Mexico, and that the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 823216

  • Historia de la fotografía en México
    Valle, Rafael Heliodoro, 1891-1959
    In this article, Rafael Heliodoro Valle informs us about some of the photographers working from the nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century. The article refers to descriptions of photographs taken by Madame Calderón de la [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 823201

  • Impressions of the Exhibit
    Pero, Peter
    This group of texts describes an exhibition of Augustín V. Casasola’s photographs—and the public programs that accompanied it—organized by Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH) and mounted at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1976. In [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 801939

  • Images of the Revolución
    González, José
    In this text, Jose G. Gonzalez describes an exhibition of photographs by Agustin V. Casasola of the Mexican Revolution that was organized by Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH) and displayed in the Chicago Circle galleries of the University of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 801924

  • Algunas palabras acerca del juicio en materia de fotografía
    The writer of this article discusses some of the formal changes that photography must undergo in order to improve the presentation and subjects captured. To that end, he proposes that professional photographers abandon their studio props: “the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 800085

  • Correspondencia de Tina Modotti a Manuel Álvarez Bravo
    Modotti, Tina, 1896-1942
    In this letter from Tina Modotti to Manuel Álvarez Bravo, she expresses some of her opinions about the character of Antonieta Rivas Mercado (A.R.M.), whom Modotti deems bourgeois and decadent—which would explain her suicide in 1931. She then lets [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 795203

  • Adiós a la fotografía : correspondencia de Tina Modotti a Manuel Álvarez Bravo
    Modotti, Tina, 1896-1942
    In this letter written by Tina Modotti in March 1931 to Manuel Álvarez Bravo, she mentions the recommendation she has made to a photo agency in Berlin. Her purpose is for Álvarez Bravo to provide them with some current images, whether recently [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 795195

  • Fotografía en México
    Witmore, Eugene
    Eugene Witmore turns the adventures a foreign photographer could experience in Mexico into a good tale. The eloquent text sets forth both the myths and realities related to photographers entering Mexico. Myth: You cannot bring in a camera. Reality: [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 795189

  • Fotografías de Amero
    Cardoza y Aragón, Luis
    The Guatemalan writer established in Mexico, Luis Cardoza y Aragón, focuses Emilio Amero’s work from a lyrical perspective. In fact, Amero weaves the “snapshot of the word” (poetry), with the photogram (a short space of light and emotion). To [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 794700

  • Fotografía y cinematógrafo
    Mérida, Carlos, 1891-1984
    In spite of showing his work in solo photography exhibitions, Carlos Mérida’s favorite subject to write about was Emilio Amero’s cinematographic work. Specifically, he focuses on 3-3-3 shorts, whose balance surprises him, since the medium works [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 794617

  • Las artes menores : la fotografía
    Fernández, Justino
    In this essay, the historian Justino Fernández sets forth the two common opinions about photography: on the one hand, understanding photography as a form of expression apart from art and, on the other, considering it to be a unique form of art. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 792921

  • Sr. J. P. Arriaga : ciudad de México
    This article introduces one of the oldest studio photographers in Mexico City: José P. Arriaga, who was fifty years old at the time the article was published. He began as an amateur photographer and in less than six years became so proficient with [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 792891

  • La fotografía y la fotografía en México
    Aragón Leiva, Agustín
    In this article, Aragón Leyva defends the artistic qualities relevant to photography. In a rapid analysis ranging from scientific to technical discourse about the image, the writer points out the specific characteristics of photographic creation. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 789232

  • La gracia de los retratos antiguos
    Fernández Ledesma, Enrique
    La gracia de los retratos antiguos [The Charm of Old Portraits] by Enrique Fernández Ledesma (1950) is required reading to learn about the history of photography in Mexico. It includes a prologue written by the diplomat Marte R. Gómez, as well as a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 785694

  • Del códice al rotograbado : La ilustración de la noticia en la prensa de México III
    Rodríguez, Antonio, 1909-
    This is the third and last article in the series by Antonio Rodríguez. In a quick history of illustrated news, he shows us how it developed from the pre-Hispanic period through the modern world of the twentieth century. In this article, Rodríguez [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 776634

  • Del códice al rotograbado : La ilustración de la noticia en la prensa de México II
    Rodríguez, Antonio, 1909-
    This is the second of three articles written by the art critic, Antonio Rodríguez. To provide continuity with the first essay, Rodríguez reviews the progress of illustrated journalism in Mexico from the woodcut print to copper plate print. From [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 776619

  • Del códice al rotograbado : La ilustración de la noticia en la prensa de México [Primera parte]
    Rodríguez, Antonio, 1909-
    This article is the first of a series of three written by the critic and historian Antonio Rodríguez on the development and dissemination of the news over several centuries and historical periods in Mexico. He organized the graphic and textual [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 776606

  • Pasos en el cielo
    Arguelles, Carlos
    The text by Carlos Argüelles that precedes the photographs taken by the photojournalists Faustino Mayo and Nacho López shows the transformation of Mexican photography in the mid-twentieth century. This photo-essay presents photographs of great [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 776577

  • Mónica Bengoa. Al son de un suave y blando movimiento
    Valdés, Adriana, 1943-
    Adriana Valdés wrote this essay for the catalogue for an exhibition of works by Mónica Bengoa. Organizing her text around six themes, Valdés writes about stories, pixels, the unspeakable, “To the sound of a smooth, soft [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 775512

  • El desnudo en fotografía
    The anonymous author of this article advises photographers on how to photograph nudes and obtain a truly worthy result. The writer emphasizes that this is one of the genres in which it is hardest to achieve perfection; therefore, he suggests that the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 774705

  • Fotografía y cinematógrafo : Emilio Amero
    Mérida, Carlos, 1891-1984
    In this newspaper article, Carlos Mérida, a Guatemalan artist who lived in Mexico, quotes from an essay he had written for the exhibition catalogue, Amero 25 nuevas fotografías [Amero: 25 New Photographs]. He also includes three of Emilio Amero’s [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 774109

  • Paz Errázuriz y el tango
    Lihn, Enrique, 1929-1988
    In this essay, Enrique Lihn discusses the Tango series of photographs by Paz Errázuriz, based on a review of the works of authors who have written about the origins and lyrics of this particular style of music and dance. Lihn claims that & [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 773616

  • La madre fotografía
    Ferrer, Rita
    In this essay, Rita Ferrer discusses photography based on an international critique of several periods. She refers to authors such as Roland Barthes, Charles Baudelaire, and the Chilean artist Carlos Leppe, claiming that they all share a “ [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 773582

  • Deslindes y giros fotográficos
    Muñoz Zárate, Patricio, 1960-
    The essay written by Patricio M. Zárate covered the new emerging generation of Chilean artists. According to the author “customary artistic boundaries had been disregarded” with the incorporation of artistic works pertaining to [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 773560

  • Amero
    Cardoza y Aragón, Luis
    The short article written by the Guatemalan writer extols the artwork of Emilio Amero, who had lived in the United States in the 1920s, enjoying a certain success in the U.S. market. The writer praises the characteristics of the artist’s work— [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 770207

  • Rubén Santantonín
    Santantonin, Rubén
    Rubén Santantonín presented this work at the exhibition New Art of Argentina (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, September 9 – October 11, 1964 [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 768380

  • La escritura sobre la fotografía : campo referencial fuera de campo
    Madrid, Alberto, 1955-
    This essay by Alberto Madrid is on the exhibition Fotografía: intervenciones, cruces y desvíos. His play of words “field of reference out of field” emerged in the essay questioning the bibliographic references with which [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 767268

  • Función de la fotografía
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    This profound essay by the muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros was prompted by what critics had said about Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s exhibition at the Sociedad de Arte Moderno. Siqueiros describes the critiques as a useless form of photo- [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 760429

  • La fotografía artística en México : Nacho López
    Rose, Juan Gonzalo
    In this informal interview by Juan Gonzalo Rose, photographer Nacho López reveals a little-known side of himself and his ideas. During the course of the conversation, López discusses the difference between painting and photography, making a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 760340

  • Nuevos recursos de la publicidad
    Luzuriaga, Guillermo de
    In this article, Guillermo Luzuriaga acknowledges the importance of photography in the field of advertising. He is convinced of the need to radically change the way commercial products are advertised through intelligently presented photographs. He [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 759209

  • La exposición de la Escuela de Bellas Artes
    In this article, the writer discusses the latest exhibition of works by students of the Catalonian instructor Antonio Fabrés at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes [National School of Fine Arts]. That is why works by even the youngest pupils are of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 759192

  • Los fotógrafos de los periódicos ante el Sr. Presidente
    This short article tells how photographers launched the Asociación de Fotógrafos de Prensa [Press Photographers Association] in Mexico. Its historical importance lies in its being the first association of this kind. The article also describes the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 759185

  • [Sobre fotografía]
    Mérida, Carlos, 1891-1984
    Carlos Mérida asserts that photography is an art which has no developmental links to the advance of technology (as is the case with science) since daguerreotypes can be just as beautiful as contemporary photographs. For this author it is necessary [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 757912

  • El nomadismo fotográfico de Paz Errázuriz
    Mellado, Justo Pastor, 1949-
    Justo Pastor Mellado writes about Los nómadas del mar, the selection of photographs taken by Paz Errázuriz. The text is divided into four sections, beginning with comments on the artist’s work as a whole, which Pastor Mellado [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 757526