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date: 07 December 2019

García, Héctor locked

(b Mexico City, Aug 23, 1923; d Mexico City, June 2, 2012).
  • John Mraz

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(b Mexico City, Aug 23, 1923; d Mexico City, June 2, 2012).

Mexican photographer. Born in one of Mexico City’s poorest barrios, he went to the USA as a bracero (manual labourer) during World War II. There began García’s interest in photography, and upon his return he studied with Manuel Alvarez Bravo and Gabriel Figueroa (1907–97) at the Instituto Cinematográfico Mexicano, Mexico City. In the 1950s García decided to dedicate himself to still photography, and he worked for periodicals that included Mañana, Siempre!, and Excélsior with a focus on Mexico City’s poor; he published the section ‘F 2.8’ in Excélsior from 1958 to 1960. One of his most devastating images was that of a ragged, barefooted young man squeezed into a foetal position in a wall niche, his home, to avoid the flooded streets. The French Minister of Culture, André Malraux, baptized the image ‘Boy sleeping in a concrete womb’, and described it as ‘One of our time’s cruellest testimonies’....

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