Cameras as guns


Seen here is a picture postcard of an execution that took place in 1916 during the Mexican Revolution. Over at Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog, William Nericcio links to a gallery of such images and comments on the notion of "camera as gun" and an "optics of war." Nericcio explores the idea in greater depth in his book, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America.

Link to Tex[t]-Mex post, Link to gallery of Mexican Revolution Photo Postcards (Thanks, Mark Dery!)

Previously on BB:
• Leica rifle camera Link