Photographs by John Mack
Essay and interviews by Susanne Steines
Prologue by Teresa Del Conde
In 2010, Mexico observes two important anniversaries: the bicentennial of its independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. These two milestones offer the country's 111 million citizens and 30 million Mexican Americans an unprecedented opportunity to rediscover and celebrate their shared heritage. Revealing Mexico by John Mack and Susanne Steines is an astonishing new photographic portrait and literary testimony of the country.
For a period of ten years, up-and-coming American photographer Mack and writer Steines crisscrossed Mexico, photographing its vibrant city and rural life, its stunning architecture, striking landscapes, and captivating people. With roughly 175 images representing all 31 states, from the canyons of Chihuahua to the Mayan ruins of Chiapas, from the indigenous communities of Oaxaca to the bustling port towns of the Yucatán, as well as the skyscrapers and thoroughfares of Mexico City, Revealing Mexico offers a poetic vista of Mexico's landscape today. What's more, the book also includes portraits of individuals from all walks of Mexican life, such as the writers Carlos Fuentes and Jorge Volpi; business icons such as Carlos Slim; the artists Leonora Carrington, Gustavo Pérez, and Betsabée Romero; academics Enrique Krauze, Denise Dresser, and Carlos Monsiváis; the actors Ignacio López Tarso and Edith González, as well as a fisherman, a cliff diver, a taco seller, a wrestler, and a mariachi—plus many others. Each portrait is accompanied by an interview in which the subject speaks about what it means to be Mexican.
Revealing Mexico is the book of the Mexican bicentennial. On a national level, it offers a new way for Mexicans to see their country. On an international level, it aims to reaffirm cultural relationships across borders, one people to another. It presents an honest window into the country's everyday life, offering a chance to set aside cultural stereotypes and say, once and for all, "This is the real Mexico."
John Mack was born in New York City. He served as production assistant in Antarctica on the IMAX film The Endurance: Shackelton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. He began shooting photography soon after and is coauthor of Xibalbá: Lost Dreams of the Mexican Rainforest. Mack has lived and worked in Mexico since 2002.
Susanne Steines was born in Giessen, Germany, and is a writer, journalist, poet, and painter. Her novel Corpus Callosum was published in January of 2010. Other writings have been published in Die Zeit, and she is coauthor of Xibalbá: Lost Dreams of the Mexican Rainforest. Steines has lived and worked in Mexico since 1994.
Teresa del Conde is one of Mexico's preeminent art critics. She was a faculty professor in the School of Philosophy and Letters at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a columnist at La Jornada newspaper, and the director of Mexico's Museo De Arte Moderno from 1990 to 2001. She has written more than fourteen books, including Las Ideas Estéticas de Freud (Freud's Aesthetic Ideas) and Frida.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the sale of Revealing Mexico will be donated to the Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano (SIVAM), which is dedicated to promoting the arts and culture of Mexico.
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