Mexico – Between Life and Death

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Between 1993 and 2010, Harvey Stein visited Mexico 14 times, which makes every year bar three. Fascinated by what he found, he photographed communities in small towns and villages, mostly during festivals such as Day of the Dead, Easter, and Independence Day.

In his new book, Mexico – Between Life and Death, Stein explores the disparities of a culture he became fascinated by, showing Mexico as a country of contrast – where life meets death, deep-rooted tradition meets creeping progress, and religious belief meets worldly corruption.

Mexico – Between Life and Death will be published on 16 September to mark Mexico’s Independence Day. It is available to buy from priced at €38.

Woman, Man and Child Looking Up, San Miguel de Allende, 1993 © Harvey Stein
Young Woman Holding Umbrella, Querètaro, 1999 © Harvey Stein
Explosion, San Miguel de Allende, 2008 © Harvey Stein
Man with Two Bundles, Wearing Chicago Bulls Sweatshirt, Pátzcuaro, 1999 © Harvey Stein
Woman Outside Window, San Miguel de Allende, 1995 © Harvey Stein
Man with Face in Shadow, San Miguel de Allende, 1997 © Harvey Stein
Man and Long Shadow from Above, Taxco, 2009 © Harvey Stein
Boy in Skeleton Costume Waving Stick, Etla, 2001 © Harvey Stein
Profile of Man with Sombrero, Zitácuaro, 2007 © Harvey Stein
Boy at Bottom of Stairs, Guanajuato, 1993 © Harvey Stein
oman Behind Wall with Poster, Mexico City, 2000 © Harvey Stein
Hooded Man Holding Pole, Night, Querétaro, 2007 © Harvey Stein
Holding Jesus, Taxco, 2003 © Harvey Stein
Man with Hitler Book, Mexico City, 2000 © Harvey Stein
Effigies and Police, San Miguel de Allende, 1999 © Harvey Stein
Youth Pointing Gun, Mexico City, 1997 © Harvey Stein
Man with Huge Carton on His Back, San Miguel de Allende, 1995 © Harvey Stein
Marigold Warner

Marigold Warner joined the British Journal Photography in April 2018, and currently holds the position of Online Editor. She studied English Literature and History of Art at the University of Leeds, followed by an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London. Her work has been published by titles including the Telegraph Magazine, Huck, Gal-dem, Disegno, and the Architects Journal.