October 26, 2012 7:14 pm

Snapshot: ‘Mexico City, 1988’ by Enrique Metinides

For 50 years, the photographer’s gruesome shots of his homeland filled the ‘nota roja’, or the bloody pages
‘Mexico City, 1988’ by Enrique Metinides©Enrique Metinides

Enrique Metinides was 10 in 1943 when he was given a camera as a birthday present. He was 12 when he came across and photographed his first crime scene . And for the next 50 years his photographs of the gruesome side of his homeland filled the nota roja, the red or bloody pages, of the Mexican tabloid press.

This week a new book, featuring 101 of Metinides’s shots of these “tragedies”, is published. Describing the picture above, “Mexico City, 1988”, Metinides says: “I arrived in an ambulance, which is often how I would travel to the scene of a crime or accident. The police were already there. A shoot-out was happening, just like in the movies ... what had begun as a hold-up for money turned ugly. The gunman escaped through the back of the market.”

‘101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides’ (£35) is published by Aperture on October 29

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