Juan Rulfo's Mexico.
Photographs by Juan Rulfo. Text by Carlos Fuentes, Margo Glanz, Jorge Alberto Lozoya, Eduardo Rivero, and Victor Jimenez.
Smithsonian Institution Press,
224 pp., numerous duotone illustrations, 11¾x11¾".
Juan Rulfo (1918–1986) was one of Mexico's greatest modern artists, known most widely for his contributions to literature, receiving Mexico's National Prize for Literature in 1970 and Spain's Cervantes Prize in 1985. Esteemed as a precursor to 'magical realism,' a narrative style famously embodied in the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rulfo wrote numerous short stories and novels, often taking seemingly simple peasant life as a beginning. What is less known about Rulfo is his photographic output, made mostly during the 1940s and 50s and handsomely presented in this oversize monograph. Rulfo worked exclusively in black-and-white, making 6x6 cm negatives, travelling throughout his native land among the common people. His goal was to present what he encountered, and nothing more-groups of farmers in prayer, women at market, men on horseback, and views from mountainous paths. The results are a true legacy.
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