About the Book
This is the second of two volumes presenting photographs from a six-week trip through southern Mexico in 2005. While the first volume covered the state of Oaxaca, here the focus is on the state of Chiapas. As Mexico’s most southern state, it is perhaps the most remote, both in geography and culture. Much of the land is tropical with a hot and humid climate, but the ranges of sierras (mountains) that traverse its center provide a comfortable, temperate climate. Bordering on Guatemala, it shares much of indigenous heritage that once dominated the lands of Mesoamerica. The state is culturally one of the most diverse, containing twelve officially recognized ethnicities each with unique languages and community identities, the dominant being the varied permutations of the Maya. While the fame of such archaeological sites such as Palenque, Yaxchilan, Bonampak and Toniná, can easily captivate the visitor, the more contemporary life of these people should not fail to be explored.