Harvey STEIN

Mexico. Between Life and Death


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"During fourteen trips between 1993 and 2010, Harvey STEIN photographed in Mexico, primarily in small towns and villages and mostly during festivals (Day of the Dead, Easter, Independence Day) that highlight the country’s unique relationship to death, myth, ritual and religion. 'Mexico – Between Life and Death' is the definitive expression of STEIN’s intimate relationship with the people and culture of Mexico.

The images show fragments of what Mexico is, a country of incredible contrasts and contradictions. Mexico is about piercing light and deep shadow, of stillness and quick explosiveness, of massive tradition and creeping progress, of great religious belief but with corruption as a way of life. It is a land of ritual and legend, of vibrant life and dancing skeletons, a country next to the United States yet so far away, and with over 50 percent of its population under 20 years old but where old age is revered. In these masterful photographs, 'Mexico – Between Life and Death', STEIN explores these unsettling disparities." (publisher's note)

About the photographer, Harvey STEIN:

Harvey STEIN is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York.
STEIN is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He is the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan.

He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport. A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist in residency grants, STEIN's seventh and latest book, 'Briefly Seen New York Street Life' (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.), was published in 2015.

Other books of STEIN's photographs are:
'Parallels: A Look at Twins,' E.P. Dutton (1978);
'Artists Observed', Harry Abrams, Inc. (1986);
'Coney Island', W.W. Norton, Inc. (1998);
'Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life', Gangemi Editore, Rome (2006), 'Coney Island 40 Years' (Schiffer Publishing, 2011), and
'Harlem Street Portraits' (Schiffer Publishing, 2013).

STEIN's photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers, Connoisseur, Art News, American Artist, New York, People, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Hopkins Review (cover) and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine (cover), International Street Photographer, Shutterbug, Popular Photography, American Photo, Camera, Afterimage, PDN, Zoom, Rangefinder, Photo Metro, fotoMagazine (Germany), photo technique and View Camera.
His work is represented by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art, New York City.
STEIN's photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe 81 one-person and over 160 group shows to date.

"Mehr als 14-mal reiste Harvey STEIN zwischen 1993 und 2010 in mexikanische Kleinstädte und Dörfer und fing dort – vorzugsweise an Feiertagen (Tag der Toten, Ostern, Unabhängigkeitstag) – Mythen, Riten und die einzigartige Beziehung des Landes zum religiösen Glauben und zum Tod mit der Kamera ein. Dieses Buch ist ein fotografisches Zeugnis der Vertrautheit des Fotografen mit den Mexikanern und ihrer Kultur.

Die Bilder zeigen Fragmente dessen, was Mexiko ausmacht: Es ist ein Land unglaublicher Gegensätze und Widersprüche. Mexiko – das bedeutet grelles Licht und tiefdunkle Schatten, ruhige Stille und explodierende Emotion, reiche Traditionen und unaufhaltsamen Fortschritt, tief verwurzelte Religiosität, aber gleichzeitig allgegenwärtige Korruption.
In diesem Land voller Riten und Legenden feiert sich das Leben selbst auf
einer Party für die Toten. Mexiko grenzt direkt an die Vereinigten Staaten an und scheint doch unermesslich fern. Und obwohl 50 Prozent der Bevölkerung unter 20 sind, zollt man dem Alter großen Respekt. Mit seinem Meisterwerk 'Mexico – Between Life and Death' erforscht STEIN diese verwirrenden Gegensätze." (Verlagstext)

Über den Fotografen, Harvey STEIN:
Harvey STEIN is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York.
STEIN is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He is the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan.

He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport. A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist in residency grants, STEIN's seventh and latest book, 'Briefly Seen New York Street Life' (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.), was published in 2015.

Other books of STEIN's photographs are:
'Parallels: A Look at Twins,' E.P. Dutton (1978);
'Artists Observed', Harry Abrams, Inc. (1986);
'Coney Island', W.W. Norton, Inc. (1998);
'Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life', Gangemi Editore, Rome (2006), 'Coney Island 40 Years' (Schiffer Publishing, 2011), and
'Harlem Street Portraits' (Schiffer Publishing, 2013).

STEIN's photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers, Connoisseur, Art News, American Artist, New York, People, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Hopkins Review (cover) and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine (cover), International Street Photographer, Shutterbug, Popular Photography, American Photo, Camera, Afterimage, PDN, Zoom, Rangefinder, Photo Metro, fotoMagazine (Germany), photo technique and View Camera.
His work is represented by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art, New York City.
STEIN's photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe 81 one-person and over 160 group shows to date.