MORELIA — For those not acquainted to Enrique Metinides, one profits to look him up, and mayhap, watch this doc. Trisha Ziff’s “The Man Who Saw Too Much” is self-narrated homage to the dauntless Mexican photojournalist who somehow turned tragedy into art with zero exploitation, and for many decades, whose work has become an international art sensation in its own right.
As a photographer’s photographer, Ziff is intimate with the desire to risk all in taking a shot – or so she wishes. Hence, she finds a subject with this meaningful daredevil.
Now 81, the photographer Metinides’ specialty was tragedy – car crashes, earthquakes, gas explosions, wrecks, murder, derailments and heartbreak, and he has seen more than a thousand lifetimes of it without flinching. Ziff’s documentary delves into his well-documented history, centering on personal interviews with the maestro as well as a number of known voices in the photography community in Mexico.
Occasionally lacking titles or references to the images, the film rolls on as a slideshow intercut with one-on-ones and overlays. It is relentless and calm in its presentation of a crafted, photographic universe of pain.
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Ziff’s next project focuses on another beautiful junkie for suffering, photo-artist Joel Witkin, with full woe in tow as a project backed by 212 Berlin Films.