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Metinides, Enrique (Photographer) & Ziff, Trisha (Editor/Contributor). 101 TRAGEDIES OF ENRIQUE METINIDES: THE LIMITED EDITION. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 184 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 101 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the regular trade edition, which was published simultaneously with it. Published in a Special Collector's Edition of 500 copies, which comes with a poster-size foldout DJ, and of which 101 are numbered (by the publisher) and signed (by the artist). A brilliant production by Aperture: Oversize-volume format. Blood-red hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Enrique Metinides. Edited with accompanying Essay by Trisha Ziff. Printed on thick, pristine-white coated stock paper to the highest standards. In publisher's plastic wrappers. In pictorial DJ, which folds out into a staggering collage of images, and with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. The foldout DJ is different from and superior to the regular trade edition. Presents 101 of Enrique Metinides' powerful images of disaster, all of them personally selected by him. "101 key images from his life photographing crime scenes and accidents in Mexico for local newspapers and the 'nota roja' crime press ('red pages', for their bloody content). Alongside each image, extended Captions give his account of the situation depicted, revealing much about himself in the process" (Publisher's blurb). A major retrospective, launched at Recontres d'Arles in July 2011, tours Europe and the Americas in 2012 and 2013 (Metinides' work is in the Permanent Collections of the MOMA New York and Photographers' Gallery London). Enrique Metinides appears in the exhibitions via Skype, including the one in New York City held in February 2013, because he superstitiously refuses to travel: Many of the disasters he has photographed are car crashes and other accidents that occurred during travel. Metinides has lived all his life in Mexico City, but even within his sprawling city, he does not commute, he walks, the ultimate "street photographer". The work of Weegee, who photographed New York City's seamy and violent underworld, and Mell Kilpatrick, who photographed the violent car crashes and crimes on California's highways, quickly comes to mind. What sets Metinides' work apart from these great photographers is its subjective (as opposed to "objective", that is, voyeuristic) element. Again and again, Metinides reminds us that this is about him and Mexico City. He implicates and involves himself in every photograph of unmitigated horror and violence, thereby restoring the human scale of catastrophe. "There is nowhere else I want to be. This is my world" (Enrique Metinides). An absolute "must-have" title for Enrique Metinides collectors. This copy is one of the Special Collector's Edition, indicated/serial-numbered as such, and very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the front cover by Enrique Metinides. Metinides does not do public signings, and this is the only edition he has signed by special arrangement with the publisher. This title is a photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the Special Collector's Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's plastic wrappers, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 101 plates. One of the greatest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 1597112119. $200.00

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