February 3, 2015
USC Libraries in conjunction with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese opens a weeklong exhibit in Special Collections, courtesy of the Fundación Gustavo Casasola in Mexico City and the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.
Photographs displayed at Doheny Special Collections are from the personal collection of Gustavo Casasola Zapata, son of pioneering Mexican photojournalist and entrepreneur Agustin Victor Casasola, who began the family tradition of documenting the Revolution and its aftermath.
Gustavo Casasola’s archive, preserved by the private Fundación Gustavo Casasola, contains more than 200,000 images on many subjects spanning the last century, and USC is the first university in the US to exhibit photographs from Gustavo Casasola Archive.
Photographs exhibited at Doheny provide a compelling visual chronicle of life in Mexico during the Revolution, from 1910 to 1920. Among them are images of iconic revolutionary figures, such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, and those of people –Adelitas and Juanes- whose names remain unknown.
Also on display are books from the USC Libraries, some of which are published by members of the Casasola family, and others feature Mexican photography and the Casasola legacy.