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This short article tells how photographers launched the Asociación de Fotógrafos de Prensa [Press Photographers Association] in Mexico. Its historical importance lies in its being the first association of this kind. The article also describes the introduction of the individual photojournalists to the president of Mexico, Francisco León de la Barra (1911), naming the publication for which each one works. The photographers greet the president with the formal salutation: “At your service.” During the visit, they each promise cooperation in their daily work and the photographers thank the president for giving them media access. In his response, the Mexican president thanks them for their work and offers his sympathy for the difficult times in which they are working. The article marks the turning point between nineteenth- and twentieth-century photography.
One interesting aspect of this article is the introduction of the photographers who were working in those years as photojournalists. In addition, it verifies that one of Mexico’s doyens of photography, Agustín Víctor Casasola, was president of the Asociación de Fotógrafos de Prensa. The photography that accompanies the short article is also compelling as we can see the individual photographers along with some of their works. The works exhibited confirm that in 1911, one year after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution, the photographers consider their best work to be rural/urban landscapes, portraits of Native Mexicans and city vistas. In other words, the pictorial canon remains the benchmark for art photography. This remained removed from the changes in photographic imagery that art photographers had just begun to foster in 1910.