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  • ICAA Record ID
    792921
    TITLE
    Las artes menores : la fotografía / Justino Fernández
    IN
    El arte moderno en México, -- México, D. F. : Antigua Librería Robredo, José Porrúa e hijos, 1937
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 389-396
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Fernández, Justino. "Las artes menores: La Fotografía." In El arte moderno en México, 389-396. Mexico City: Antigua Librería Robredo, José Porrúa e hijos, 1937.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this essay, the historian Justino Fernández sets forth the two common opinions about photography: on the one hand, understanding photography as a form of expression apart from art and, on the other, considering it to be a unique form of art. However, his theory revolves around redeeming photography as a medium of expression with its own specific mechanical properties. To this end, he starts by describing the daguerreotype, specifying its formal characteristics during that first period of photography. Fernández brings his text to life with stories of some of the photographers who have worked in Mexico, specifically, some of the most outstanding foreign and Mexican photographers and cinematographers. He also mentions some of the most important exhibitions of their work in Mexico. The essay concludes with a nod to popular photographers, in which he describes some of the techniques they use to capture their singular portraits of passersby.

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This essay sheds light on some of the analytical criteria applied to the photography being created in the 1950s. Although it was a modern perspective, it still revealed the persistence of the conflict between art and technology. The fact that the historian himself is working within the traditional classification system emerges from the essay’s title: “The Minor Arts: Photography.”

Researcher
Rebeca Monroy : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of Justino Fernández and the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México