Mexico – 1906 photo : Agustin Victor Casasola
Fondo Nacho López
Nacho Lopez was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1923. Lopez studied at the Instituto de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas from 1945-1947 and like so many others, was taught photography by Manuel Álvarez Bravo. In 1948, he had his first solo exhibition in Venezuela, and he was later published in various Mexican magazines including Mañana, Hoy, Siempre and Unomásuno.
Lopez had aspirations to be a movie producer / director during the golden age of Mexican film, but those dreams never materialized. Instead, he used photojournalism to illustrate his script ideas. He has been credited as the first person in Mexico to create a photographic series.
During the 1950s, Lopez produced many photo essays. One of his most famous is called La Venus se fue de juerga (Venus has gone on a spree), which follows a man carrying an unclothed mannequin all over Mexico City. During his career, he taught photography and also worked at the National Indigenist Institute. Nacho Lopez died in Mexico City in 1986. The Wittliff Gallery is delighted to own eight of his original images so far.
SOURCE Yo, el ciudadano by Nacho Lopez (Fondo de Cultura Económica,1984), Aperture no. 153 (Aperture, 1998)