Photo Essays

I purchased my first Sony digital camera a few weeks before I moved to Mexico City in September of 2003. It was compact with a small LCD monitor and limited memory space, but it took good pictures and allowed me to establish my own digital archive. Over the years I have used each of my cameras as a research tool to acquire images of manuscripts and rare books, but also as an entry point into the culture of the places I study, both remnants of the past and daily life in the present. John Mraz suggests that photohistory is the representation of history in photographs, which can be used to personalize the past by providing a human face to the sociological data we record in texts. The following photo essays capture a few aspects of daily life in Mexico and function as visual aids to imagine what social interactions would have been like in the colonial and pre-Hispanic periods. These photographs reflect my amateur camera eye and focus on the Mexican capital, central plazas, pre-Hispanic ruins, pilgrimages, haciendas, and colonial convents.

 

chiapas

Self-Shadow, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, 2008. Photo by Jason Dyck.

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