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Silver 2021 Book / People

Seasons of Ceremonies

  • Photographer
    William Frej
  • Agency / Studio
    William Frej Photography
  • Prize
    Silver in Book / People

In Mesoamerican villages, a calendar of rites and rituals takes place throughout the year. As documented by the photos in this book, there are beliefs and world views underlying these complex and profound activities, which are done as an essential way of creating connections to the natural forces of the universe. Ritual actors and natural objects are not just symbolic representations, they embody a force of life. Ceremonies such as the ones illustrated here not only unite communities and celebrate the seasons of the year, they help to ensure harmony and health now and for future generations.

I have been photographing indigenous peoples' culture and landscapes for over forty years. My work is represented in numerous public and private collections, and academic institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Asia Pacific Museum in Warsaw, San Francisco Arts Commission, Dumbarton Oaks, Spanish Colonial Museum in Santa Fe and special collections at Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, Notre Dame and the University of New Mexico. My multi award-winning photo books, MAYA RUINS REVISITED and SEASONS OF CEREMONIES were published in October 2020 and October 2021.