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ISBN: 0393315843
Author: Richard Rodriquez,Geoff Winningham
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (November 17, 1996)
Pages: 96
Category: Photography & Video
Subcategory: Art
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In the Eye of the Sun: Mexican Fiestas is a book of photographs by Geoff Winningham. The book is a study of the popular fiestas of Mexico, showing the inhabitants of several Mexican villages.

In the Eye of the Sun: Mexican Fiestas is a book of photographs by Geoff Winningham. The fiestas intertwine some of the great pagan festivals with Catholic ritual and tradition. These photographs show family scenes, revelers and religious ceremonies.

Geoff Winningham began photographing the popular fiestas of Mexico in 1984

Geoff Winningham began photographing the popular fiestas of Mexico in 1984.

Geoff Winningham began photographing the popular fiestas of Mexico in 1984. Geoff Winningham, is best known for his more than fourteen books of photographs and three documentary films relating to North American culture.

Vibrant colors, masks, and dancing-Geoff Winningham's images of Mexican Carnival are a party themselves. They document the many varied festivals of many small towns.

Sun: Mexican Fiestas is a book of photographs by Geoff Winningham . The book is a study of the popular

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Richard Rodriguez, Geoff Winningham

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Richard Rodriguez, Geoff Winningham.

In the Eye of the Sun is a remarkable visual chronicle of Mexican life

In the Eye of the Sun is a remarkable visual chronicle of Mexican life.

Geoff Winningham began photographing the popular fiestas of Mexico in 1984. Returning to the same Mexican villages several times a year, he formed personal relationships with families who permitted him to photograph them in the intimacy of their homes, and local officials who gave him special access to all phases of the celebrations.

The fiestas provide tangible links to the pre-Hispanic cultures of middle America, intertwining some of the great Pagan festivals of these ancient peoples with catholic ritual and tradition. In the Eye of the Sun is a remarkable visual chronicle of Mexican life. The book also includes an introduction by Richard Rodriguez and an essay by J.M.G. Le Clezio.

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Inadequately. Despite even the efforts of Richard Rodriguez and J.M.G. Le Clézio (who posed the above question) in their excellent introduction and essay. But Geoff Winningham's marvelous photographs bring outsiders much closer to the color, excitement, mystery, and vitality of Mexican festivals.

IN THE EYE OF THE SUN is a collaboration among three noted practitioners of their crafts. Geoff Winningham is an accomplished Houston-based photographer, most of whose work is documentary in nature of life in Texas and in Mexico. Richard Rodriguez is a Latino author, born into a Mexican immigrant family, with degrees from Stanford and Columbia. J.M.G. Le Clézio won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008.

I loved Rodriguez's brief introduction. Among other things, he writes: "You must believe in Zeus or God or the gods or the Sun to have a fiesta. You must believe that the heavens and the earth are in communication with each other. Pagan Indians believed; Christian Indians still do." And of the Dia de los Muertos, Rodriguez notes one reason it is so alien to most well-heeled Americans is that "Americans don't die--they pass away into euphemism."

The Day of the Dead is the best-known festival north of the border. Le Clézio, in his essays, provides brief profiles of three lesser known, rather remote festivals: the San Juan Parangaricutiro, in Michoacán, Mexico, where pilgrim Indians from all over Mexico celebrate a pagan rite of dancing before the altar of Christ in the local church; a singing ritual among the Embera Indians on the Tuequesa River in Panama; and the corn mass in Chun Pum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The bulk of the book consists of over seventy color photographs taken by Geoff Winningham during trips to Mexico between 1984 and 1995. The subject festivals include the Day of San Miguel, the Fiesta of Santa Cruz, the Fiesta of San Francisco, and the Day of the Dead. The pictures range from preparations for the festivals to celebrations and observances in the streets, in churches, in markets, and in cemeteries -- from mock tiger fights to parades to shooting off fireworks to nighttime vigils.

One really should experience native festivals or rituals first hand. I know that from having attended and observed ritual dances among Puebloan Indians here in New Mexico. (Of the Corn Dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo, Igor Stravinsky exclaimed when he first saw it, "This is what I heard in my mind when I composed 'The Rite of Spring'!") But it is very difficult for most of us to witness native festivals, and I, unfortunately, have not been to a fiesta in Mexico. I suspect, however, that IN THE EYE OF THE SUN is the next-best thing.
August
This book of photos is complemented by a superior commentary by Nobel prize winning author J.M.G. Le Clezio. Le Clezio asks, "How can words describe Mexico and its festivals?" His question is correct; it's difficult. But, Geoff Winningham's photographs not only visually capture the fiestas in various areas of Mexico they bring with them additional dimensions of smell, dust, heat and noise. These photos come closest to capturing the 'real' Mexico as any I've ever seen. The Mexico unadorned with the patina of the modern world.

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