Revealing Mexico

   Photographs by  John Mack    Essay and interviews by  Susanne Steines
Revealing Mexico, 2010, by John Mack and Susanne Steines

Revealing Mexico

Photographs by John Mack
Essay and interviews by Susanne Steines

Published by powerHouse Books, NYC, 2010
Available in English and in Spanish

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.”

Clothbound hardcover. 284 pages in English, 316 pages in Spanish.
Price: $75

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Revealing Mexico: The Collector's Edition

Photographs by John Mack
Essay and interviews by Susanne Steines

Published by powerHouse Books, NYC, 2010
Available in English and in Spanish

This collector's edition of Revealing Mexico (2010), commemorating Mexico's Bicentennial of Independence (1810) and Centennial of the Revolution (1910), has been drawn from the first copies of the first printing in an edition of 200 and has been specially produced in the following manner:

The cover is wrapped in a traditional Mexican rebozo from the state of San Luis Potosí. The ikat fabric is made of 100% cotton and has been handwoven on a treadle loom.

The case (which transforms into the book's stand) is made of 100% natural materials and has been handcrafted and designed by artist Alberto Valenzuela in the village of San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, using totomoxtle (maize husk) fibers from the region.

The design and production of these special features were supervised by the book's authors, John Mack and Susanne Steines.

Each book has been hand signed by the authors.

See more pictures of the book, with special case and bookstand »

Clothbound hardcover. 284 pages in English, 316 pages in Spanish.
Price: $425

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Xibalbá: Lost Dreams of the Mexican Rainforest, 2005, by John Mack and Susanne Steines

Xibalbá, Lost Dreams of the Mexican Rainforest

Text by Susanne Steines
Photographs by John Mack

Published by MVS Editores, Mexico City, 2008
Available in English and in Spanish

Xibalbá, Lost Dreams of the Mexican Rainforest focuses on a small area of the last remaining rainforest in Mexico, the Lacandón Rainforest. On a microcosmic level, the book discusses ancient and present-day Mayan culture and the effect that rainforest depletion has had on their beliefs and value systems. As the very foundation of Mayan culture emanates from the rainforest and the surrounding cosmos, the essay explores the dissolution of this great culture due to the area's onslaught of migrants and environmental destruction.

On a macrocosmic level, the book explores currents of creative and destructive energies and their effects on mysticism and dream. The small area of the Mexican rainforest thus sets the stage for the current global trends of pragmatic order and reason versus sacrosanct beliefs and the "life force" which propels humanity's evolution toward divine wisdom.

The essay, Toward the Cosmic Mind, begins with three chapters which detail the microcosmic region of the Mexican rainforest and its Mayan inhabitants. These chapters, Images of Creation, Images of Destruction, and History of a Landscape, set the stage for the much broader, macrocosmic discussion. The following chapters, Earthly Body, Cosmic Mind, Myth and Ideology, and The Will to Exploitation, delve into the current global forces at hand, while continuously tracing Mayan culture as a case study.

Following the essay is Stories of the Towns. This chapter brings together three separate villages all within a radius of about 25 miles distance from each other in the Lacandón Rainforest. Here we see the villages of Pico de Oro, Lacanhá Chansayab, and Nahá – each exemplifying different stages of indigenous adaptation to the modern, globalized world.

Hardcover, 231 pages.
Price: $45

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Corpus Callosum, by Susanne Steines

Corpus Callosum

A novel by Susanne Steines

Published by Brühlsche Universitätsdruckerei Giessen, 2010
Available only in German

Berlin – Mexico – New York at the turn of the millennium. The young translator, Anna, is leaving her job at the Mexican Embassy in Berlin after suffering an acute hearing loss. For an indefinite period on sick leave, she travels to Mexico. She encounters a small community of dropouts on a Pacific beach. In a short time, the former fishing village of Zapotec indigenous people develops into a magical point of attraction for New Agers and meaning-seekers from around the world. Shamanic rituals during a mystical eclipse, excessive techno-raves, mysterious deaths. Anna is leaving the beach to follow a photographer from New York. He invites her to the New York of 2001. The events of 9/11 become a turning point in her story. Anna's first confidant in New York is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. His roommate, a young man from Oaxaca, is identified as one of the corpses in the World Trade Center. Together, Anna and Jack go back to Mexico with a secret mission.

Paperback, 400 pages.
Price: $20

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