Through an array of interdisciplinary sources, this book reveals the vast image-environments of Mexico from the time of Porfirio Diaz’s regime in the early twentieth century, to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands of the near present. By offering an alternative vision to the not-so-distant images and intellectual archives of the two nations, Tejada also couples disparate and seemingly unrelated subjects together in rehearsals for alternative narratives. He reinvigorates this span of time in a series of second glances at politics, philosophy, gender, and the photographic medium. By employing a kind of “double writing” for reinscribing Mexican and U.S. social and cultural relations, Tejada realizes a more ethical perspective for viewing art, technology, and history—with a focus on cross-cultural ambiguity and complexity in the shared image environment.
National Camera is an innovative and complex meditation on the transnational dimensions of what Roberto Tejada calls the ‘camera culture’ of greater Mexico, and it is no exaggeration to state that no other book on the market covers the same terrain.
—Andrea Noble, author of Mexican National Cinema
National Camera expands the discussion of Mexican photography in innovative and insightful ways, providing the reader with a fresh and sophisticated interpretation of the artwork done by some of the most prominent photographers of twentieth-century Mexican history. It represents an important contribution to the debate on Mexican intellectual and cultural modernity from the point of view of a transnational image landscape. It will certainly stimulate further research and discussion.