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Antonio R. Caballero, ca. 1965
Caballero, Antonio R. Nine Photographs, ca. 1965. Gelatin silver prints, six approx. 25.5 x 20.5 cm each; three approx. 17.5 x 12.6 cm each. All with studio stamp verso, some with editing marks verso or typed captions.
Antonio Caballero is recognized as a pioneer of the Mexican “fotonovela” genre; a narrative multi-image format published in various tabloids in the 1960s and 1970s that mirrored the style and melodramatic themes of telenovelas. In both a 2019 retrospective of his work at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, and a 2011 exhibition in New York, his photographs in the style of the present group were praised for a campy, vernacular style that riffed on Pop motifs and quintessential aspects of 60s aspirational Mexican bourgeois culture.
Caballero is also known for an infamous, explicit photograph of Marilyn Monroe, taken at the Mexico City Hilton in 1962, a few months before her death.