(ENG) Photography in the public sphere: From Paris to Mexico.
By Vincenzo Pietropaolo.
The process leading to the invention of photography in the 19th Century became an undeclared international race to make pictures solely through the scientific application of physics and chemistry, without the aid of the human hand. This lead to a major impact on visual culture and catapulted the wide-spread use of photography internationally -including in Latin America and especially, in Mexico.
Photography played a critical role in documenting the revolution of 1910 -as well as the post-revolutionary period- mostly through the works of Víctor and Miguel Casasola. The transformation of the medium, from analogue to digital technology, coupled with the pervasive use of social media and algorithms, is increasingly blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality, and calls into question the veracity of the traditional photograph.