Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    754924
    AUTHOR
    MacOrlan, Pierre
    TITLE
    Crónica de las artes mecánicas : la fotografía / por pierre mac-orlan
    IN
    El Universal Ilustrado : Un semanario mexicano con espíritu (México, D. F., México). -- No. 642 (Ago. 29, 1929)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 26-27 ; 39
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    MacOrlan, Pierre. "Crónica de las artes mecánicas: La fotografía." El Universal Ilustrado: Un semanario mexicano con espíritu (Mexico City) 13, no.642 (August 1929): 26-27, 39.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Abbott, Berenice; Krull, Germaine; Man Ray
Editorial Categories [?]
Synopsis

This article was issued by the European branch of the El Universal Ilustrado agency in Paris. According to Pierre Mac-Orlan, photography was an experimental art that would lead to an understanding of mankind. In his opinion, both the phonograph and the camera were reflections of the all-pervasive influence of science at this point in time. He writes that the art of photography, however, was still the subject of exploration and research. In Germany, it was associated with an expression of the more emotional aspects of nature. In France, authors such as Kertez, Tabard, Man Ray, Berenice Abott, and Germaine Krull could be reproached for seeing photography purely as a form of visual art. In response to these characterizations, Mac-Orlan says that photography was not content to simply portray conventional images, but also claimed to see the secrets of men’s souls. 

Annotations

As distinct from prevailing attitudes to photography in Mexico, this article from Europe no longer questioned whether or not photography should be considered one of the visual arts. 

Researcher
Pilar García
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of El Universal de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional. México D.F., México