Mexico at the Hour of Combat:
Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution

Edited by Ronald Chilcote

The Mexican Revolution, the first major revolution of the twentieth century, intertwined with photography attracted worldwide attention. Its visual documentation was made possible by Sabino Osuna who played a crucial role in not only photographing the different phases of the Mexican Revolution, but he also captured portraits of prominent persons involved in it.  The focus of this volume is Osuna’s special collection, 427 images, currently held in Special Collections in the Rivera Library of the University of California, Riverside.

The Sabino Osuna Collection was acquired for the UC Riverside Library in January 1986. Shortly after its acquisition, the Committee of Latin American Studies decided to publish a selection of Osuna’s photographs along with essays about them.  However, it was unable to gather the necessary support for its publication. Nevertheless, we have successfully achieved our objective to publish with the essential support of a number of institutions and individuals. Mexico at the Hour of Combat depicts the history of the Mexican Revolutionary era through the use of photography. The Osuna images highlight the impact of the Revolution and the importance of the personalities of the dominant class, but most importantly; the images abstractly reveal the Mexican conception of their national identity.

The book’s publication was facilitated through the collaborative financial and human support of the UC Riverside Library; the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States; the bimonthly journal Latin American Perspectives; the independent nonprofit Laguna Wilderness Press; the Culver Center for the Arts; and the Sweeney Art Gallery. 

The book includes essays about Osuna and his photographs by Peter Briscoe, Ronald Chilcote, Carlos Cortés, Georg Gugelberger, Eliud Martinez, and Tyler Stallings.

2012, 10 1/2” x 11 1/4”, 120 pages, 103 photographs

ISBN: 978097284481


Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution