John Mraz's Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National PDF

By John Mraz

ISBN-10: 0822344297

ISBN-13: 9780822344292

ISBN-10: 0822344432

ISBN-13: 9780822344438

In Looking for Mexico, a number one historian of visible tradition, John Mraz, offers a breathtaking view of Mexico’s smooth visible tradition from the U.S. invasion of 1847 to the current. alongside the way in which, he illuminates the strong position of pictures, motion pictures, illustrated magazines, and image-filled historical past books within the building of nationwide identification, exhibiting how Mexicans have either made themselves and been made with the webs of importance spun by way of glossy media. principal to Mraz’s e-book is images, which was once allotted generally all through Mexico within the type of cartes-de-visite, postcards, and illustrated magazines. Mraz analyzes the paintings of a large diversity of photographers, together with Guillermo Kahlo, Winfield Scott, Hugo Brehme, Agustín Víctor Casasola, Tina Modotti, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Héctor García, Pedro Meyer, and the hot Photojournalists. He additionally examines representations of Mexico’s earlier within the country’s influential photograph histories: well known, large-format, multivolume sequence replete with millions of images and an collection of texts.

Turning to movie, Mraz compares portrayals of the Mexican Revolution through Fernando de Fuentes to the later video clips of Emilio Fernández and Gabriel Figueroa. He considers significant stars of Golden Age cinema as gender archetypes for mexicanidad, juxtaposing the charros (hacienda cowboys) embodied through Pedro Infante, Pedro Armendáriz, and Jorge Negrete with the effacing ladies: the mummy, Indian, and shrew as performed by way of Sara García, Dolores del Río, and María Félix. Mraz additionally analyzes the best comedians of the Mexican monitor, representations of the 1968 pupil insurrection, and depictions of Frida Kahlo in motion pictures made by means of Paul Leduc and Julie Taymor. jam-packed with greater than fifty illustrations, trying to find Mexico is an exuberant plunge into Mexico’s nationwide id, its visible tradition, and the connections among the two.

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