Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1987. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's orange cloth, spine stamped in yellow, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
88 striking color plates of facades, interiors, altars, and iconography of Mexican churches, from cathedrals to remote Indian village churches. In 1950, photographer Porter made a trip to Mexico in the company of friends, including Georgia O'Keeffe. Inspired by what he saw, he returned in 1956, accompanied by fellow photographer Auerbach. Together they spent nearly five months driving from one end of Mexico to the other, painstakingly photographing Colonial churches, using only natural light: "Our only goal was to get pictures which show the saints and their surroundings as they are revered by the Mexican people" (from the preface by the photographers). With an essay by Donna Pierce, curator of Spanish Colonial Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Spine of unclipped dust jacket lightly sun-faded. Near fine. Item #145