The Man Who Saw Too Much: Revealing the shocking photography of Enrique Metinides

Untitled C. 1952 (Arrest) © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

From 1948 until his forced retirement in 1979, the Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides took thousands of images and followed hundreds of stories in and around Mexico City. And what images and stories they were: car wrecks and train derailments, a bi-plane crashed on to a roof, street stabbings and shootings in the park, apartments and petrol stations set alight, earthquakes, accidental explosions, suicides, manslaughters and murder.

When he was ten years old, his father gave him a brownie box camera. Soon after, he began taking pictures of car accidents on the streets of the San Cosme neighbourhood of Mexico City where he lived. He expanded this to opportunities found hanging around the police station, going to the morgue and becoming a Red Cross volunteer to ride with ambulances.

He photographed his first dead body and published his first photograph when he was only twelve years old. At age thirteen, he became an unpaid assistant to the crime photographer at La Prensa, and gained the nickname ìEl NiNoî (the boy) from the regular press photographers.

Now you can see a selection of his most intriguing photographs during an exhibition at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery from 9 February until 24 March 2017. There will also be a screening of The Man Who Saw Too Much on Saturday 18 February – a new documentary that explores the life and work of Enrique Metinides. Details can be found at michaelhoppengallery.com.

Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of the Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Main image: Untitled C. 1952 (Arrest) © Enrique Metinides

Texaco, State of Mexico, August 1970 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Texaco, State of Mexico, August 1970 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Mexico City (VW burning), 1951 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Mexico City (VW burning), 1951 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

State of Mexico, 1963 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

State of Mexico, 1963 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

A woman grieves over her dead boyfriend, stabbed in Chapultepec Park while resisting robbers, Mexico City, 1995 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

A woman grieves over her dead boyfriend, stabbed in Chapultepec Park while resisting robbers, Mexico City, 1995 © Enrique Metinides. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery