Sunday, July 31, 2005

Mexico: From Empire to Revolution

Mexico: From Empire to Revolution - Photographs from the Getty Research Institute's collections exploring Mexican history and culture through images produced between 1857 and 1923.

This is a well done site. As an American, I must admit that my knowledge of Mexican history is limited. I know the basics but I just do not know a lot. I know much more about European history than I do of our neighbors in North America. I am sure I am not alone in this. This site has certainly helped me get a better picture of Mexican history.

From the site:

Mexico: From Empire to Revolution is a Web resource that draws upon the collection of the Getty Research Institute and extends the two-part exhibition held at the Institute between October 2000 and May 2001. Reproduced in the digital resource are cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, albums, postcards and other forms of photography. The Photographers represented are either Mexican or European or North American. The work of some thirty known photographers is shown, alongside that of many others who remain anonymous. Together they provide a chronicle of Mexico from approximately 1857 to 1923, a chronicle explored in the History and Chronology sections of the resource. The terrain across which this history played out may be explored in the Maps section. The animated introduction gives a sampling of the events and lives documented by the photographs included in this Web site, including images of the railways, bridges, roads, buildings and monuments that became the fabric of the country, and portraits of Mexico’s leaders and ordinary people, all of whom played a part in the unfolding story.

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