Revealing Mexico: powerHouse Books, 2010
Revelando México: Lunwerg (Planeta), 2010
Photographs by John Mack
Text by Susanne Steines
Introduction by Teresa del Conde
Interview with Carlos Fuentes
In 2010, Mexico observed 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 and literary portrait of the country. For a period of eight 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 Yucatan, as well as the skyscrapers and thoroughfares of the Federal District, Revealing Mexico offers a poetic vista of Mexico’s landscape today. What’s more, Revealing Mexico also includes portraits and interviews of individuals from all walks of Mexican life—luminaries, authors, artists, academics, politicians, fishermen, business titans, street vendors, and farmers among others—each accompanied by his or her own words about what it is to be Mexican. Revealing Mexico is the photography book of the Mexican bicentennial worldwide. New York City held its own Mexican bicentennial festivities during the last week of October 2010, during which images from Revealing Mexico were displayed prominently at Rockefeller Center.