I first met Alejandra Platt while photographing a Guarijio ceremony in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. It was inspiring to see another photographer working in the rugged and dangerous region of the Rio Guajaray in northwest Sonora. I learned Ms. Platt was working on her first book, “In the Name of God,” an ambitious 7 year long project to document indigenous people off the tourist grid throughout Mexico. Viewing Ms. Platt’s black and white images several years later, I was struck by the fact she had illuminated the lives of the people, cultures, and traditions most Americans and Mexicans have never seen or heard of.
Ms. Platt's “In the Name of God” is reminiscent of the compelling work of Swiss photographer Gertrude Duby-Blom. During the 1940s, “La Reina de la Selva” documented the Lacandon Maya in the burning jungles of Chiapas. Blom’s remarkable work to save the Lacandon Maya was later published in her book, “Bearing Witness.” Like Gertrude Duby-Blom, Alejandra Platt-Torres deserves recognition and support for her valiant efforts to shine light on the vanishing people and traditions of Mexico.
John Annerino, Photographer Author
The event took place this past week. It was everything as described and more. Very inspiring and safe environment. Loved the processes I learned and the collaboration was just joyful in our group and overall with everyone. So much fun. Great creative minds, playwrights and actors, filmmakers. Guest speakers were phenomenal.
Hey, remember when our teachers used to tell us that a story should include "who, what, where, when, and how"? How about telling us where and when this conference is? Is that too much to expect from the Weakly?
Having seen the Arizona Biennial show at the Member's Opening, I can assure you that, armed with Ms. Regan's critique, I will spend several more hours revisiting the show. It is one of depth and complexity and must not be visited casually.
Congratulations to Howard Allen on this brave new initiative.
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