Mexican Portraits is a fascinating and refreshing book on some of the most important Mexican photographers of the past and the present. There are two themes explored at large: the mask and the metamorphosis. Portraiture is a quest of identity, but the portrait in itself is always uncertain and enigmatic. This anthology shows how Mexicans look at themselves, and this is important; it seems to me like the world has a narrow view on what Mexico is about (as i’ve learned in my 5 years living outside of Mexico). It’s a country that is seen through the mishaps shown in the news; but how does this country perceive itself? This is not a history book, but rather a conversation between a wide range of artists who are interested in perception and the fluid nature of human identity.
As for the design of the book, expect the best. The title typography combines the traditional with the modern which echoes the spirit the book. Of course as a Mexican I was excited by the whole thing, but I urge you to take a look at it and explore the complexity of Mexican culture and identity.