La Calavera Catrina

The image of the elegantly dressed skeleton has become the symbol of Dia de los Muertos throughout most of Mexico. The original lithograph was produced by José Guadalupe Posada in the late 19th century.

Somewhere along the way, the image of the dapper skeleton came to be merged with our Halloween traditions and these costumes emerged. Some of the young people you see in this gallery appear to embrace this new tradition with gusto, parading around the town square and posing for pictures with anyone who wants one. They stay completely in character and don’t speak a word to anyone, although they are not above drinking a Coke or sending a quick text to a friend.
I hope to learn more about these young people and would like to get an opportunity to photograph them in depth, but I will first have to become fluent in spanish. Currently, “mi espanol es muy mal”.


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