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Famous Mexican Photographers of the Century: Why documenting society is important

It’s time to complete our series on Latino Photographers. Most of this series was focused on Mexico Photography, but we did have one gentleman from Chili. Though they may not have been near as well known as the men and women highlighted in our Graphic Design Legends series or our Logo Designer’s series, their impact in their own time and place is significant. 

These photographers give a different perspective to their photography subjects. Most of them worked on photo projects for multiple years at a time so that they could cover all angles of a people group or social issue.

Below you’ll find a list of Latino photographers (mostly Mexican Photography) which we’ve delved into for the last 2 months. Click on the links for each and you’ll see the short blurb with related photography facts about each person.

Also, if you’re teaching photography, here’s a free photography lesson plan that goes along with this whole series. Click the button below and enter your email! (You can also click here to purchase the full unit which includes all the worksheets with keys, test with key and review, a full presentation and a reflect and respond sheet, check it out!)


Eunice Adorno
Eunice Adorno

While Eunice Adorno started her career as a photojournalist, it wasn't long before she switched to long-term documentary photography. She wanted to go in depth with some of the more misunderstood Mexican Communities and she couldn't do that with the timelines associated with a newspaper.

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Nacho Lopez
Nacho Lopez

Known for his 1950s photography documenting the slums of Mexico City, Lopez worked on a number of documentary projects in Mexico. He even worked on a cinematography film, which was unfortunately never finished.

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Francisco Mata Rosas
Francisco Mata Rosas

Also a photojournalist turned documentary photographer, one of Rosas' main project was documenting the rebuilding of Mexico City.

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Pedro Meyer
Pedro Meyer

Another documentary photographer, Pedro Meyer's photography was recognized for its ability to show a wide range of emotions such as despair, joy, oddities, and truth.

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Larrain
Sergio Larrain

Larrain's life story is fascinating to me! I think it is amazing the way he made the switch from street photography to basically becoming a hermit and photographing mostly still life objects!

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Iturbide
Graciela Iturbide

Iturbide was also a documentary photographer. Some of her main subjects included the Seri Indians, the people of Juchitan, and the Zapotec tribe. She liked to photograph the deep importance of cultures that were often overlooked.

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What an amazing set of photographers!! Thanks for coming to check it out and I hope that this series is helpful for you in your classroom.

Thank you SO MUCH for all that YOU do for those budding photographers out there. YOU are truly amazing, too!

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