The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
This important article contributes to an understanding of the development of photography in Mexico, mainly because José G. Zuno’s goal was to show the difference between contemporary photographs and those taken ten years earlier. He mentions how films had influenced photography, and presents visual elements that testify to the influence of cinematography, such as the use of visual arts composition and relief, line, and movement. The article concludes with an analysis of the formal characteristics of the photographer’s portraits.
In this article, the journalist José Guadalupe Zuno (1891–1980) concentrates on the photographic images of a nineteenth-century photographer who has barely been studied. Zuno emphasizes the documentary value of the material, since it included some of the very few press references to Librado García “Smart” that are known to exist. Zuno’s comments on the photographer’s work are interesting because they show how formal values influenced assessments of the photographs of the period. The article also provides substantial information in terms of the history of photography and names a number of photographers. One name stands out: José María Lupercio, a fin de siècle photographer who was a key figure in photojournalism and the documentation of archaeological and anthropological works in Mexico.