Campaign Complete. This project has ended on April 6, 2015. No more contributions can be made.

This campaign seeks to cover the cost of traveling to and photographing 12 different churches in the States of Morelos and Puebla, for the purpose of documenting their architecture, setting and art. The resulting images, once edited, will be made available in a website that will be set up specifically for the project.

Completed _DSC1141

This campaign failed to reach its funding goal 2 years ago

34% Funded
  • $2,725.00 Pledged
  • $8,000.00 Goal
  • flexible Type
  • 46 Backers

Early Colonial Churches and Conventos in Mexico

In a land where spectacular pyramids and sophisticated ancient cities “steal” the lamplight from everything else, it is easy to bypass the early churches “hidden in plain sight” in a myriad small towns. Yet they may be among the most dramatic examples of the mutual accommodation that took place between the talented indigenous artists and those who had brought a set of very different ideas from across the ocean. They tell a fascinating story that few have heard and I have conceived this project to let the tale be told to more people.

This project is personal. I am not affiliated with any institutions and therefore have no access to financing by any publisher or entity. The end result of the project would be the setting up of a dedicated website for the purpose of making available both the resulting images and some basic information about the buildings to be documented. A contemplated second use would be the production of a book.

This is the first phase of a broader project that seeks to document some of the earliest churches built in Mexico.  I am looking for help in financing the cost of traveling to and photographing some 12 different churches in the States of Morelos and Puebla, in order to document their architecture, setting and art.

 

Atlatlahucan_032

I envision working with a flexible list, in order to cover as wide a range of architectural and artistic features as possible, but some of the church/convento complexes that are already on it are Huejotzingo, Huaquechula, San Andrés Calpan, Tetela del Volcán, Ocuituco, Yecapixtla, Tlayacapan, Atlatlahucan, Totolapan and Tlaquiltengango.

 

Atlatlahucan

Mexico’s world-famous Pre-Columbian archaeological heritage has left these fascinating and very important buildings literally in the shadow of Pre-Columbian pyramids. They have never received the attention they deserve, both as artistic monuments and as the earliest manifestations of the new identity that came out of the clash between European culture and the high civilizations of the Americas.

 

Yecapixtla_006

Jorge Pérez de Lara is a well-known photographer of Pre-Columbian archaeological subjects, art and architecture, who has also been a professional commercial photographer for over 30 years. Over the years, his work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, among which the following stand out:

  • The Presidential Palace (several photographers, 1987)
  • The Japanese Tea Ceremony (1987)
  • Cathedral of Mexico (main photographer, 1992)
  • Hidden Faces of the Maya (1998)
  • The History of an Exceptional Artist – Beatriz Zamora (1999)
  • The Maya – Sacred Kings of the Rainforest (several photographers, 2000, 2006)
  • Theaters of Conversion (2001)
  • Yucatecan Food at Los Almendros (2001)
  • The Food of Puebla (2003)
  • Courtly Arts of the Maya (several photographers 2004)
  • Carlos Obregón Formoso, Architect (2004)
  • National Museum of Anthropology (one of two main photographers 2005)
  • The Captives of Dzibanché (main photographer 2005)
  • Lords of Creation (photographer for Mexico and Central America, 2005)
  • The Inscriptions from Temple XIX at Palenque – A commentary (2006)
  • Mexican Popular Toys (2006)
  • The Fiery Pool (photographer for Mexico and Central America, 2010).
  • Children of the Plumed Serpent (photographer for Mexico, 2012).
  • The Maya – Voices in Stone (main photographer, 2012).

Huaquechula-North-Door

Among the prestigious magazines in which his work has appeared include Archaeology, Arqueología Mexicana and Architectural Digest.

He was worked for many publishing houses over the years, both in Mexico and abroad, including Thames & Hudson, Tandem Verlag, University of New Mexico Press, INAH and UNAM.

Atlatlahucan_009

 

This campaign is a flexible campaign– The campaign creator keeps all funds pledged regardless of whether or not the campaigns meets its stated funding goal.

2 comments

  • Jake

    How interesting!

    I would think the Catholic Church would jump at the chance to support a project like this, from inception to finished products…

    2 years ago

  • Anili Elias

    I love the project!

    3 years ago

Enter Pledge Amount

  • Pledge $10.00

    Unlimited backers

    Personalized “thank you” note sent from Mexico

  • Pledge $25.00

    Unlimited backers

    5 x7 postcard sent from Mexico and a “thank you” sent over social media

  • Pledge $50.00

    Unlimited backers

    5 x 7 print of one of my works

  • Pledge $100.00

    Unlimited backers

    One 8 x 11-inch unsigned print of one of the original photographs taken for the project. Donor will be able to choose the image he/she wants from the website.

  • Pledge $250.00

    Unlimited backers

    One 8 x 11-inch signed print of one of the original photographs taken for the project (donor will be able to choose the image he/she wants from the website). Credit as a Sponsor in the website where the project's photographs will be published.

  • Pledge $500.00

    Unlimited backers

    One 11 x 15-inch signed print of one of the original photographs taken for the project (donor will be able to choose the image he/she wants from the website). Special credit as a Major Sponsor in the website where the project's photographs will be published.

  • Pledge $750.00

    Unlimited backers

    One 11 x 15-inch signed print of one of the original photographs taken for the project (donor will be able to choose the image he/she wants from the website). Special credit as a Major Sponsor in the website where the project's photographs will be published. A signed copy of the book 'Theaters of Conversion' (University of New Mexico Press), which was illustrated with my photography.

$
Pledge

Share Campaign

Spread the word about this campaign by sharing this widget. Copy the snippet of HTML code below and paste it on your blog, website or anywhere else on the web.

Embed Code

<iframe src="/campaigns/early-colonial-churches-conventos-mexico/?widget=1" width="275px" height="480px" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" /></iframe>