Los cohetes duraron todo el dia (The Rockets Went On All Day). Photographs and preface by Pedro Meyer. Introduction by Francisco Rojas G. Petróleos Mexicanos, Mexico City, 1988. 152 pp. Folio (15.25 x 10.75 in./39 x 27.4 cm.) Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 163 black-and-white reproductions.
"Pedro Meyer has been one of Mexico's leading radical photographers for around four decades....This company book was made for the state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos [PemEx] but was never offically distributed, because in his introduction Meyer dedicated the book to Lázaro Cárdenas, idol of the Mexican left, the former president of the country and the man who had nationalized the oil industry in 1930s. At the time that Meyer was making the book, Cárdenas's son Cuauhtémoc, was running against the right-wing candidate Carlos Salinas in what many believed was a rigged ballot...Salinas belatedly 'won' the election...and took exception to Meyer's dedication and censored the distribution of the book. The political scuffling apart, this is a fine example of a company photobook in the journalistic mode, a mini Family of Man in outlook, but one with more of a social viewpoint and political bite...although a company photobook, [it] can sit alongside those of, say, Enrique Bostelmann or Paolo Gasparini in its celebration of the Latin American proletariat."--Parr & Badger
Just a trace of wear to 'tips'; otherwise Fine/Fine.