The photographs in this book were taken in the early 1970s during visits to the cities and villages of the mountainous dry highlands, and humid tropical lowlands of Mexico. They show life before the rapid social and economic changes of the final two decades of the 20th century.
The color and black-and-white photos are grouped into separate sections, even though there is some overlap in subject matter. Both sections begin with rural farming, fishing, and village life. Next, in contrast to that way of life, are the middle class on Sunday outings, the urban professionals such as a Puebla doctor and his family, a Puebla supermarket, and my teachers who were university-trained archaeologists. Then come the young women of important Puebla families, dressed in traditional sombreros and flowing yellow dresses, who showed their astonishing synchronized horse riding skill--sidesaddle. I am still amazed at how they stayed on their horses when coming to a sudden stop from a gallop. Not to be left out are the one percent who own large farms, ex-haciendas, cattle and bull raising ranches, and live a life with an international flavor, yet remain very Mexican.
Lawrence G. Desmond received a PhD in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; an MA in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and carried-out archaeological research in Mexico and Guatemala for more than 40 years. He taught at the University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University. His books, "A Dream of Maya" and "Yucatán through her eyes," are about the photography and studies of the ancient Maya by Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon who worked in Yucatán in the 1870s. His photographs of Mexico and Guatemala are at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, photographs of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) are at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and his earliest photos are at the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley. He is a senior research fellow in archaeology with the MMARP at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Dept. of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences.
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Mexico- Landscape and Architecture Published March 16, 2014
Santo Tomás Jalieza Oaxaca, Mexico 1973 Published November 30, 2013
Tepetzintla, Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico 1972 Published August 29, 2013