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Agustín Victor Casasola

Centre National de la Photographie

Agustín Victor Casasola (1874–1938) may not have been “the photographer of the Mexican Revolution,” as he is popularly known, but he was the founder of Mexico’s first photo archive, and as such, not only preserved but shaped a vision of history encompassing the whole of Mexico’s political and social life during the first third of this century. In 1921, drawing on the thousands of photographs in his archive, he published the first edition of the now-classic Album Histórico Gráfico de la Revolucíon (Illustrated historical album of the revolution, 1921), which traces the history of the revolutionary decade from 1910 to 1920 in texts and photos.

The 75 photos in this exhibit basically corresponded to the successive stages of Casasola’s itinerary: the photo-reporter’s views of high and low society in the Porfirio era; the icons of the Mexican Revolution—Madero, Huerta, Pancho Villa, Zapata,

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