From the outset, TGP members centered images of rural laborers to push for agrarian reform. Here, Alfredo Zalce portrays Indigenous lumber workers in the southeastern state of Campeche sawing mahogany logs. The striking similarities between the central figure’s legs and the log on which he stands visually link the laborer, his task, and raw material. Zalce created this lithograph for the portfolio Mexican People, which was published in the United States in 1946; he therefore had a foreign collector’s eye in mind.
From exhibition Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany, 2022 (for more information see the catalogue entry by Rachel Kaplan in the accompanying publication, pp. 100–101)