The Last City (1ère éd.)

@ Ortiz Monasterio, Pablo



104 pages - Hardcover w/ DJ

Twin Palms, 1995 (1st edition)

New - Mint condition

From the publisher :

" « Stendhal’s famous definition of the novel - a mirror carried along a road - could well apply to The Last City. But Pablo Ortiz Monasterio's is a selective mirror, precise and implacable, which retains only that which is worth preserving. »

          --   José Emilio Pacheco

Mexico City presents a post-apocalyptic paradigm, rivaled only, perhaps, by Los Angeles - it is a metropolis ravaged by immense poverty, crime, and the ill-effects of over-population. As a street photographer working in the tradition of committed documentary image-making, Ortiz Monasterio reveals Mexico City’s fragmentation."

Pablo Ortiz Monasterio est un photographe et un éditeur de talent.

Le travail présenté dans ce livre est le résultat de nombreuses années passées à photographier la ville de Mexico, gigantesque et surpeuplée, magnifique et délabrée. L'artiste saisi la vie de la rue, les habitants, la misère, les jeux avec un regard attentionné, chaleureux.

L'intention initiale était documentaire, mais Ortiz Monasterio indique que "la ville ne cesse de se transformer, à un point qu'il paraît futile de vouloir la décrire. (...) J'ai dû changer de plan, et travailler plus en termes d'évocation de la ville. Qu'est-ce que l'on ressent lorsque l'on est dans les rues de Mexico ?"

Ce livre a reçu l'Oeil d'or du "Festival Des Trois Continents" à Nantes (1997) et le prix du festival "Primavera Fotográfica de Barcelona" (1998).

Texte de Jose Emilio Pacheco


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