Click to preview MEXICO - As it was. Photographs of Life in the 1970s. photo book

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.


About the Author

Lawrence G. Desmond
DesmondBooks California and Switzerland

Lawrence G. Desmond received his PhD in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, his MA in cultural anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and has carried-out archaeological research in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras for more than forty years. He taught at the University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University, and has published articles about his archaeological and heritage preservation projects. His books, "A Dream of Maya" and "Yucatán through her eyes," published by the University of New Mexico Press, are about the photography and studies of the ancient Maya by Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon who lived and traveled throughout Yucatán in the 1870s and 1880s. Currently Desmond is a senior research fellow in archaeology with the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

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