What is it about?

The article looks at Agustin Victor Casasola's photojournalism and considers the way in which it advanced Porfirio Diaz's developmentalist agenda. Casasola's photographs engaged with contemporary positivist philosophy and presented Mexico city as an exciting space of industrial progress and modernity.

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Why is it important?

Most work on Casasola has focused on his photographs of the Mexican revolution. Much less attention has been given to his pre-revolution work. This article seeks to fill that gap.

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The idea for the article came out of nowwhere. I came across La Fabrica's small photobolsillo on Casasola whilst browsing in the bookshop of MACBA in Barcelona. I was quite taken by the photographs in the book and wondered why I knew so little about Casasola and other Latin American photographers. My interest in Latin American photography really does stem from that moment... This article took a long time to complete. It had to be reworked quite significantly. As such, it really does represent a significant investment of time. It is an article of which I am very proud.

Dr Russell White
Southampton Solent University

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This page is a summary of: Agustín Víctor Casasola’s Engagement with Positivism and Spectacle in his Imagining of Mexico City During the Late Porfiriato, 1900–10, Hispanic Research Journal, September 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14682737.2019.1734351.
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