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Fritz Henle "Mexican Studies" Photograph Collection

Identifier: Image Archive-Collection 24

Scope and Contents

1940s.  45 black and white photographs (10 1/2" x 13")  of city and country scenes, indigenous people, workers, famous personages, archaeological sites and architecture of Mexico. See also the companion book, Mexico: 64 photographs, by Fritz Henle, which included this passage on the origin of the photographs:  "In 1936, Henle saw Mexico for the first time and, impressed by the paradoxical countray with its centuries-old cultures and its revolution into modernism, he started plans for this photographic essay.  In 1943, at the invitation of the Mexican government, he went back to do a photodocumentary job, a camera sketch book." -- from the preface by John R. Whiting. Click HERE to see the catalog record.


  • 1940s


Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical or Historical Information

Fritz Henle was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1909.  He settled in the United States in 1936.  As a photographer, he was an early contributor to Life Magazine, and thereafter produced images for other popular serials including:  Henle produced work for a range of clients, including Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Town and Country, and Holiday. His career as a freelance photographer spanned more than 60 years during which time he amassed a collection of over 110,000 negatives.  Henle worked in fashion, industry, travel, and portraiture and represented in his vast collection are scenes from Europe, India, Japan, USA, Caribbean, and Mexico.  He is known also for his use of the of 2 1/4" square format film in the Rolleiflex camera and his work has been published in over 20 books.


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Arrangement Note

2 Hollinger boxes

Fritz Henle "Mexican Studies" Photograph Collection
Photograph Collection 24, Image Archive, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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