En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico — Book and Poster

En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico — Book and Poster


Originally $320 | Limited quantity available.

A brand-new copy of the the awarding-winning book En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico, and its companion exhibition poster, both signed by the photographer, are available at a special price when purchased together.

THE BOOK: The Penitente Brotherhood, formally known as La Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, is a lay Catholic organization unique to New Mexico and southern Colorado. This book documents moradas, the buildings in which the Brothers meet and pray, and offers an intimate and respectful account of their religious observances. The Penitente Brothers have been objects of intense curiosity ever since New Mexico became a tourist attraction, and they have guarded their privacy fiercely. The book respects the privacy of all members of the brotherhood. Quotations are anonymous: building locations are unidentified. But unlike previous melodramatic or scholarly accounts, Michael Wallis’s straightforward text and Craig Varjabedian’s unadorned photos capture the deep piety of the brothers and their complex relationship with their history and the modern world.

These are ordinary people, many of whom have moved away from the mountain villages in order to earn their livings in city jobs. For these hermanos, keeping their tie to the morada is to keep alive their history, their culture, as well as to express a deep piety. It is impossible to see Craig Varjabedian’s luminous photos of their moradas or to hear the voices of the hermanos captured in Michael Wallis’s intimate text without being moved by this glimpse into a religious experience absent from the lives of most Americans.

The book includes 72 photographs by Craig Varjabedian with essay by Pulitzer-nominated author Michael Wallis. En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico is a winner of the prestigious 1995 Association of American University Presses Award for Excellence.

Photographs by Craig Varjabedian.
Essay by Michael Wallis, Foreword by Hermano Felipe Ortega
Afterword by Hermano Charles M. Carrillo, Ph.D
From an exhibition organized by the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
Published by the University of New Mexico Press, 1994.
Hardcover, 147 pages
ISBN-10: 082631547X
ISBN-13: 978-0826315472

This book is out of print and new copies are hard to come by. We have a limited number of BRAND NEW copies available.  Signed by the photographer.


THE POSTER:  En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico Poster–numbered and signed by the photographer

This high-quality duotone poster “Moonrise Over Penitente Morada, Dusk, Late Autumn, New Mexico, 1991” is one of Craig Varjabedian’s most acclaimed images from the exhibition, Emmy-award winning PBS video and book titled En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. The poster, originally created for the traveling exhibition, was sold out years ago.  We recently acquired a small cache of posters and are offering these last remaining few, signed and in a numbered edition. This poster will not be reprinted.

This large poster, measuring 24×30 inches, was printed by Litho Specialities in St. Paul Minnesota.  The original photographic print made by the photographer was laser scanned and meticulously reproduced on heavy-weight paper using the finest duotone lithographic printing methods available today, and is suitable for framing. This poster will simply take your breath away.

Poster will be packaged in an industrial strength mailing tube to insure that it will arrive as beautifully as it left our studio.

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