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Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography

Feminist, Queer, and Post-Masculinist Perspectives

By David William Foster

Publication Year: 2014

Viewing the work of twelve prominent photographers, including Graciela Iturbide, Pedro Meyer, and Marcos López, this first far-ranging analysis of gendered perspectives in Latin American photography demonstrates the importance of this art form within Latin American cultural production.

Published by: University of Texas Press

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-xx

One of the important cultural responses to the return to institutional democracy in Argentina in 1983 is a resurgence of urban photography. A blend of art photography and photography for purposes of social documentary, the production of a solid group of professional photographers...

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1. Dreaming in Feminine: Grete Stern’s Photomontages and the Parody of Psychoanalysis

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pp. 1-17

I would like to propose that the motivating semiotic principle behind Grete Stern’s photomontages is the need to create a language for women’s dreams; this language may be, in the fi rst place, sympathetic toward repressed and oppressed women, and in the second place, critical...

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2. Annemarie Heinrich: Photography, Women’s Bodies, and Semiotic Excess

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pp. 18-37

With the death of Annemarie Heinrich in Buenos Aires in late 2005 (she was born in Germany in 1912 and came to Argentina with her parents in 1926), Latin America lost one of the master artists of twentieth-century photography. Heinrich’s death signaled...

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3. Woman, Prostitution, and Modernity in Fin-de-siècle Mexico

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pp. 38-46

The phenomenon of the whore and female prostitutes during the early years of the twentieth century in Mexico intersects with two features central to the project of modernity: the systematic organization of business and the generalized exploitation of women. Prostitution...

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4 . Buenos Aires and Women in Crisis: The Photography of Silvina Frydlewsky

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pp. 47-62

I would like in this chapter to examine the photography by Silvina Frydlewsky included in Crisis in Buenos Aires: Women Bearing Witness, with the goal of providing interpretive comments for what I consider the most eloquent of the thirty images. There are also eighteen...

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5. Girls Will Be Girls: Daniela Rossell’s Ricas y famosas

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pp. 63-71

One of the most interesting Mexican imprints of 2002 was Daniela Rossell’s notebooks of photographs, Ricas y famosas (Rich and famous women). A note that precedes them reads, in Spanish with an English translation: “Las siguientes imágenes muestran escenarios reales...

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6. Pedro Meyer: Constructing Masculinities, Constructing Photography

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pp. 72-83

Pedro Meyer, of German-Jewish descent, was born in Madrid in 1935. He is, at present, one of the most esteemed photographers of Mexico and Latin America. Breaking with a long tradition—passionately defended by masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson—of photography as...

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7. Discovering the Male Body: Marcos Zimmermann’s Desnudos sudamericanos

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pp. 84-89

The female body has long been photographed in the nude as part of an abiding tradition of the fetishizing of her body by the masculinist gaze of the camera, a gaze that wanders all over the erotic map in the many ways, the many perspectives, the many close-ups available...

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8. Queering Gender in Graciela Iturbide’s Juchitán de las mujeres

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pp. 90-105

Juchitán has had the good fortune to maintain its integrity as a Zapotecan city, while at the same time taking advantage of the opportunities the outside world has provided to it. This is in no way a common occurrence in Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America among the countries...

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9. Guille and Belinda: A Protolesbian Arcadian Romance

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pp. 106-113

The dossier of photographs by Alessandra Sanguinetti entitled Las aventuras de Guille y Belinda y el enigmático significado de sus sueños (2007; The adventures of Guille and Belinda and the enigmatic meaning of their dreams),1 on the two young female playmates...

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10. Homosocialism ◀▶ Homoeroticism in the Photography of Marcos López

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pp. 114-127

The photography of the Argentine Marcos López has attracted enormous international attention. Working in sometimes garish colors (his prints routinely include hand coloring), López mixes a parody of postmodern commercial advertising with an acerbic critique of...

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11. Performing Masculine Heterosexuality in Stefan Ruiz’s Photography of Mexican Soap Operas

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pp. 128-138

Soap operas in Mexico,1 especially the vast programming undertaken by Televisa, which dominates the Mexican market and exports its products extensively, have replaced film as the mirror of a hegemonic social ideology in that country.2 The great chroniclers of Mexico...

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12. Helen Zout’s Desapariciones: Shooting Death

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pp. 139-152

One of the historic uses of photography has been the documentation of death, beginning with yellow journalism’s publication of so-called “crime scenes” and including photography as an instrument of forensic investigation: in addition to the bibliography of professional...

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13. Documentary Photography as Gender Testimony: Daniel Hernández-Salazar’s So That All Shall Know

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pp. 153-164

I want to close this study by shifting the emphasis away from the Argentina-Mexico axis that has prevailed throughout. The considerable amount of gender-marked photography in Latin America has made it impossible for an overarching examination of the pertinent production...


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pp. 165-180

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pp. 181-194


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pp. 195-197

E-ISBN-13: 9780292768338
E-ISBN-10: 0292768338
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292757936
Print-ISBN-10: 029275793X

Page Count: 217
Illustrations: 53 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2014

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Subject Headings

  • Photography -- Latin America.
  • Photography, Artistic.
  • Portrait photography -- Latin America.
  • Gender identity -- Latin America.
  • Gender identity in art.
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