Pedro Guerra (also Pedro Guerra Jordan) (Mexican, 1857-1917), "La Iglesia, Chichen Itza" - albumin print, ca. 1909 CE. A wonderful albumin print of the church at Chichen Itza by Pedro Guerra, a pioneer of photography in the Yucatan area of Mexico whose studio was active from the last quarter of the 19th century until 1917 - set in a mat that is features his red studio seal in the lower right corner with "Photografia Guerra Merida Yuc" around an image of a camera. Size (print): 7.6" W x 9.5" H (19.3 cm x 24.1 cm); (backing): 10.75" W x 13.75" H (27.3 cm x 34.9 cm)
For more about Pedro Guerra Jordan, read "Fotografia Artistica Guerra. Yucatan / Mexico" - a wonderful book that according to the Yucatan Times, "presents the history of Yucatan from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, through the lens of Pedro Guerra Jordan and his son Pedro Guerra Aguilar." The article continues, "The images, belonging to the Fototeca Pedro Guerra of the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), offer a visual chronicle of the history of the Yucatecan society with which the reader will achieve a better understanding of the lifestyle in Southeast Mexico during the last 120 years."
Provenance: ex-private Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA collection; ex-Old Ohio, USA private collection since 1940s
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Slight warping to backing and print, with minor fading to darker pigments around peripheries, otherwise intact and very good. Nice preservation of details.