La fiesta y la rebelión
Antonio Turok was born in 1955 in Mexico City. At seventeen he arrived in Chiapas, where he lived twenty-five years and began his photographic career. He was a correspondent in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala in the 1980s. He was the first photographer to account for the Zapatista uprising, and later, in Oaxaca, he photographed the APPO movement. He was in New York on September 11, 2001 and has taken pictures of Mexicans in the United States and the industrial crisis in the Midwest. He recently documented protest demonstrations in the presidential takeover of Donald Trump. He has collaborated in different publications such as Aperture, Camera Work, Chronicle, La Jornada, DoubleTake, Paris Match, Le Monde, Stern, The Independent and Proceso. His work is included in several collective books, as well as in collections of various museums and private collections. He has published the books Images of Nicaragua (1988) and Chiapas: The End of Silence / The End of Silence (Era / Aperture, 1998). He obtained the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography Award in 1994, and has received scholarships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Mexico / United States Culture Trust. In 2018 he obtained the Photographic Merit Medal awarded by the National Institute of Anthropology and History’s Photo Library. He is considered one of the most important documentary photographers of our time.