In his latest work, Tomas van Houtryve set himself a difficult task: to create photographs that reflect on a period in American history from which no photographs exist. There is no photographic record of the Southwest before 1848, the end of the Mexican-American War. Daguerreotypes had been invented in Paris in 1839 but did not become popular in America until several years later. The end of the war terminated Mexico’s rule of more than 500,000 square miles of territory in the southwestern United States, bringing an end to the rich culture that had flourished in the region for many years,...
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