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.
In the introduction to volume three (issue number one) of El Fotografo Mexicano [The Mexican Photographer], the editors and editorial staff assert their wish to perform the noble task of disseminating photography, as well as thanking the readers for choosing this journal. Their justification for publishing in this medium is the need for Hispano-American journalism about photography. The journalism they include must have three qualities: “a concept, proper writing and true practical utility.” They are also aware that literature and good taste must not be disputed by the commercial interests that back the products they advertise. This is why they will endeavor to provide room for those cultural elements that help disseminate photographs taken in dignified settings while extolling their graphic values.
This introduction to volume three of El Fotografo Mexicano tells us how important this journal was in the context of Mexico’s mass media. It was a journal that frankly sought to sell the equipment and materials distributed through the company American Photo Supply Co. The company was a large consortium, the owners of which were the Crump brothers, from the United States. The need for representation in Mexico, the distribution of photographic materials and the growing interest of amateur photographers as well as inquiries from professional photographers made this medium indispensable for the dissemination of photographic knowledge. The different sections written by specialists gave solutions to big questions regarding formal techniques. Its ads about the most modern and recent photographic materials and equipment brought readers up-to-date, including photographers living in Mexico in the early twentieth century. Since the journal was distributed throughout Mexico, it represented a significant source of knowledge, as well as boosting both distribution and consumption for the photography and photographic product market in the United States.