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.
is there an attribution for the photo?
This looks awesome and Dani is an amazing actress! Can't wait!
Good article, except for the pronouns. As far as I know Justin is a He, and Best show Period is all female. Best Show. Period. Female.
It was a great event -- and the Kickstarter is still going (7 more days): See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16712…
I had the honor of producing the audio book version of this novel. It was my first experience with the work of Joe Brown. I, along with the narrator, Jan Smith, were immersed in a story that was rich in imagery and emotion. Many times we found ourselves taken away to another place with Cap and Billy. JPS Brown is without a doubt one of this country's great American authors. John Forbes, Atlanta
"Medical misadventure"? Perhaps by the doctor, certainly not by Warhol.
Last night's opening show was outstanding. We felt we were not in Tucson but instead in a major city watching a professional company. Although we enjoyed both companies, I will have to point out ConDanza as one company to keep an eye on. It is obvious that set pieces and big costumes are not necessary to draw audience. Their esthetics and movement quality will stand alone in moving you as an audience. A must see.
Temple of Music and Artifact?
There is a lot of information in this article and I will definitely have a look at as many of the listed offerings, but please, can we have a bit more coherency in the writing? I'm going to have to print this out and rewrite it before its usable as a guide to the listed galleries.
One Our Favorites especially the westerns!
Yes, the Gaslight productions are corny & hokey, the puns sometimes make me wince, but the actors & musicians are all very talented & their enthusiasm is contagious. I belong to a social group & 'we' go to every production & have loads of fun tappin' our toes & clappin' our hands & copious amounts of Free popcorn are served by the friendly & hard workin' waitstaff; the Gaslight experience is fun & a fabulous bargain for people of all ages!....J.G.B.
Hi. Reading this article got me to thinking about something a few years back I was on my way from New Mexico to Arizona I went about an hour south of Albuquerque and picked up a highway that took me west to Phoenix on my way out there I went down and down and down. It was late April or early May. As I crossed over I think I gained two hours. So it was a very long day but more stunningly The sky was crystal clear. Never in my life was I so surprised or delighted at scenery during the car ride. Part of it no doubt is the geography or top biography of that area. You go from the mountains of New Mexico to canyons which lead to a valley Full of saguaro cacti. I wanted to name that experience and so I was reminded of the book by CS Lewis entitled surprised by Joy. That was my experience. I was surprised by Joy. It was a day with two hours tacked on two hours of beautiful sunlight crystal clear skies and warm crisp Desert like climate that reached 99° upon entering Phoenix Valley. I've driven across country twice and have traveled abroad quite a bit but I never saw such a spectacular seen as this. Has anyone else driven that route that shared my experience? I'd be interested to know.
For the Record, Open Dress on Friday (tonight!) also begins at 7:30, like the regular shows! Sorry about the mix-up!
The Weekly needs to start putting links to the websites of boutiques and hangouts in these articles the way the Chow page does with restaurants.
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