Prominent Mexican photographer Eniac Martínez died yesterday in Mexico City at the age of 60 of causes still unknown. A remarkable visual artist with a extensive body of work, Martínez was also known in the film work for having work as a still photographer in numerous projects and working with many renowned filmmakers including Alejandro González Iñárritu, Baz Luhrmann, Alfonso Cuarón, Julian Schnabel, and Emmanuel Lubezki , among others.
Born in Mexico City in 1959, and began his artistic training in 1980 at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba, and continued at the National School of Plastic Arts of the UNAM from 1982 to 1985. He also studied at the International Center of Photography in New York in the late eighties. He had over 35 individual exhibits, and participated in over 50 collective exhibitions both in Mexico and internationally.
Martínez’s first gig as a still photographer in a film set was for Luis Estrada’s 1988 debut feature The Long Road to Tijuana / Camino largo a Tijuana, which was produced by Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki. After that he worked in numerous films most notably in Julian Schabel’s biopic on Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas Before Night Falls (2000); Nicolás Echevarría’s Life Kills / Vivir mata (2002); Fernando Eimbcke’s 2004 debut feature Duck Season / Temporada de patos; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy-Award winner Babel (2006); Tear this Heart Out / Arráncame la vida (2008) by Roberto Sneider; Cary Fukunaga’s 2009 debut feature Sin Nombre; Diego Luna’s Abel (2010); and Adrian Grunberg’s Get the Gringo (2012).