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date: 26 May 2020

López, Nacho [Ignacio ]locked

(b Tampico, Nov 19, 1923; d Mexico City, Oct 24, 1986).
  • Patricia Masse
  • , revised by John Mraz

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[Ignacio ]

(b Tampico, Nov 19, 1923; d Mexico City, Oct 24, 1986).

Mexican photographer. He studied at the Instituto de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas, Mexico City, and with Manuel Álvarez Bravo. He developed a reputation as an outstanding photojournalist, and he used his politically combative vision to represent social contradictions in Mexico City. In a period when almost all Mexican photojournalists followed the dictates of a conservative press and focused on the president, López turned his camera in the direction of the downtrodden, documenting the difficult situation in which many of Mexico City’s residents lived, as well as the inhuman conditions found in the prison system. The photo-essays he published in Hoy, Mañana, and Siempre! during the 1950s were among the most critical of the period; notable among them are ‘Prisión de sueños’ (Prison of dreams), Mañana, 25 Nov 1950), ‘Una vez fuimos seres humanos’ (Once we were human beings, Mañana, 10 March 1951), and ‘Sólo los humildes van al infierno’ (Only the poor go to hell, ...

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