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The People of Guadalajara
by Deb Roskamp

eople and art have been recurring themes in Deb Roskamp's photographic studies. In The People of Guadalajara, Ms. Roskamp explores the relationships between the Mexican people and the great plazas, cathedrals, architecture and sculptures of Guadalajara. Considered to be the most Mexican of Mexico's cities, Guadalajara has long been a favorite domestic tourist destination for Mexican families. Ms. Roskamp captures the joy, excitement and spirit of Mexicans as they experience the city's great art, and thus become part of the artistic landscape themselves...

The People of Guadalajara was photographed over a weeklong period in August of 2007, while Ms. Roskamp was enrolled in Spanish language studies at IMAC.

Below are copyrighted photographs by Deborah Roskamp. You can look but you may not steal. Click on the photos for enlargements. For hi-res images, please write to: deb@travelingboy.com


Okay, I’m going to Guadalajara. It looks like a destination that Mexican tourists go to. Amazing shots. Of course, I’m a sucker for kids.

Beverly Milton
Boise, ID

Deb,

You certainly have an eye for photography. Sometimes we stay in a place too long to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Your photos show a visitor appreciating not only the sculptures but the intermingling of the people around it. I believe sculptures were meant to be experienced and I'm glad the Guadalajara government opened this interaction instead of relegating these pieces in a stuffy museum.

Would love to see more of your work.

Peter Paul,
South Pasadena, CA

Seeing kids playing on art: that's amazing. It's what art and travel are all about. Thanks for capturing some pretty striking images. These should be in a book.

Paul Lucas
Vancouver, BC

The images are magnificent; I have only been to Mexico on two occasions and would love to discover more of it. I’ll have to add Guadalajara to my long list of places to visit.

Morgan, NY


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