Title: Mexico the Revolution and Beyond
Photographer(s): Agustin Victor Casasola
Writer(s): Pete Hamill, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Rosa Casanova and Sergio Raul Arroyo
Designer(s): Daniela Rocha
Publisher(s): Aperture, New York, USA
Size: 25 x 33 cm
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Mexico, 1910-1920
During the first four decades of the twentieth century, Mexico underwent revolutionary changes, politically, economically, and socially. Documenting those changes visually was a remarkable photographer, Agustin Victor Casasola, whose pictures of the period stand as works of enormous artistic and historical significance. Casasola photographed everyone who was anyone in Mexico at the time, from the dictator Porfirio Díaz to Mexico's first republican president Benito Juárez; from the revolutionaries Francisco (Pancho) Villa and Emiliano Zapata to artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as the exiled Russian Leon Trotsky. New industry, booming city streets, raucous nightlife, and performers of all kinds captured his eye.
Unfortunately for Mexico, the thirty-four years of Diaz's rule (peaceful but harshly restrictive and punitive) were followed by nearly two decades of rebellion, strife, and outright war, led by revolutionaries such Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, both of whom were photographed alive and dead by Casasola.
The archive the Casasola brothers established (Agustin created with his brother Miguel a photo agencies) comprised of nearly 500.000 images, has become a treasure of the Mexican government.