Mexico: Feast and Ferment

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Synopsis: Mexico is a vast country of immense cultural and geographical diversity, ranging from tawdry border towns and cactus desert in the north to the Mayan ruins and Caribbean beaches of the Yucatan in the south. It inherits a violent past, is home to fiercely independent Indian groups and boasts the largest and one of the most polluted cities in the world, Mexico City. The duality of Mexico - a lust for life juxtaposed with an obsession with death, a craving for the outward symbols of the American Dream alongside a passionate nationalism - has been caught in these photographs. Tom Owen Edmunds has taken the uniqueness of Mexico, those things which make it so potent and different from its neighbours, and distilled them into this portrait. He has allowed ordinary images of small-town life to sit side-by-side with the extraordinary and bizarre. Tom Owen Edmunds travelled over 25,000 miles and took 38,000 photographs to produce this book. In doing so, he was beaten by riot police, indecently assaulted, tricked into joining a satanic ritual and witness to a miracle.

From Publishers Weekly: Juxtaposing Mexico's indigenous roots with its heritage from Mediterranean Spain, this volume of 250 powerful photos, as novelist Fuentes ( The Old Gringo ) explains in his perceptive introduction, "offers us the dual possibilities of the Mexican psyche." Edmunds ( Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon ) avoids cliched views. He varies perspectives in portraits of Mayan temples and gods and shows local vendors intruding on the glowing vistas of Puerta Vallarta. Proceeding in rough geographical fashion, from north to south, Edmunds interpolates mini-essays--the best part of the book--on such topics as the colorful, commercialized masks of the Day of the Dead and a quiet small town touched by current U.S. culture. Sometimes sacrificing coherence for eclecticism, Edmunds's photos reward the reader with much diversity, from Indian fertility rites to Mexico City street culture.
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