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Agustín Víctor Casasola (1874-1928, Mexico)
Ford Assembly Line, [Armadora de automóviles Ford ] c. 1925

Agustín Victor Casasola (1874-1938)
Mexico City, Mexico

Born in Mexico City, Agustín Victor Casasola was a legendary photojournalist for Mexico City´s leading newspapers under the Porfirio Díaz regime. In 1914, as the Mexican Revolution gathered force, he opened one of the world's early picture agencies and the first photographic information agency in Mexico.

The works of Agustín Victor Casasola and those of his photo agency on the Mexican Revolution have been among the most widely published and reproduced images in theworld.  The Casasola photographs of Revolutionary leaders Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata and Francisco Madero are known around the world.

Mr. Casasola had a remarkable understanding of photography´s importance as a social document.  Unlike most studio photographers of his time, he took his camera everywhere– the halls of government, factories, bars, prisons, schools, and the streets of Mexico City. After the Revolution, Agustín Victor Casasola and his agency documented the impact of this political upheaval on the society of Mexico and the rebuilding of the country’s economy.

The work of the Casasola agency created an extraordinary collection of images, a remarkable 50-year record of the history of a country during war and peace. Based on Agustín Casasola´s own work as well as that of his brothers, sons, and other photographers, the archive traces political movements, governmental events, civil war, economic reconstruction, and conditions of life in Mexico from the early 1900s to 1950s.

Today, the Casasola Archive is recognized as one of the great photo documentary collections in the world. It is maintained by the Fototeca Nacional del INAH in Pachuca, Mexico.