ZoneZero and Fundación Pedro Meyer, Mexico City, Mexico
Founder & President
FotoMuseo Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico
Pedro Meyer is a pioneer and one of the most recognized figures of contemporary photography. He founded and served as president of the Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía, organized the first three Latin-American photography colloquiums, and founded of the web-portal ZoneZero. He has been a teacher, curator, editor, and author, publishing books such as Tiempos de America, Espejo de espinas and Los cohetes duraron todo el día.
Meyer set for himself a seemingly impossible goal: to organize the first worldwide, simultaneous retrospective of his work. This project, Herejías, debuted in October 2008, and consisted of more than 60 exhibitions in more than 17 countries around the world. Each exhibition was different from the next, as the curators were free to choose from 3000 images. The exhibition’s accompanying book, Herejias, was published by Lunwerg Press in 2008. A database was compiled of his lifetime work and became the Archivo Pedro Meyer.
His work has been exhibited in more than 260 exhibitions in important museums and galleries around the globe, and has been acquired by important collections such as the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; International Center of Photography, New York City, NY; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Centre for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA; Australian Centre for Photography, Darlinghurst, Australia; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Centra Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba; and the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Parma y Comuna di Anghiari, Palazzo Pretorio, Italy.
In 2007, Meyer founded the Fundación Pedro Meyer. The Fundación’s mission is to contribute to the reflection, interpretation, and investigation of the image and new media. It offers a rich educational program of workshops and online courses about photography, visual language, technology, and different ways of telling stories through images. The Fundación has teamed up with World Press Photo to give a series of masterclasses for young Latin American photographers and foreign photographers based in Latin America. The Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos, which opened in 2015, is a project of the Pedro Meyer Foundation. It is a space dedicated to education, exhibition, and experimentation, and aims towards new visions and reflections on contemporary photography.
Meyer is interested in seeing resolved bodies of work, and works-in-progress, which show conceptual strength and originality of vision.