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New Pictorial Book Offers a “Tangible Memento” of San Miguel

By Rick Jorgenson

A coffee table pictorial book, Under the Spell of San Miguel…Its Colors & Textures, has been published and is now available for purchase in San Miguel de Allende.

The hardcover book measures 13 x 11 inches (34cm x 28cm) and is 128 full-color pages. It was printed by Imprenta Davalos in Leon.

California-based photographer Leslie Cunningham first visited San Miguel in December 2016 and was immediately captivated by the visual aspects of the town. Cunningham has said that her heart truly skipped a beat and “it was love at first sight.”

She started shooting immediately, but it wasn’t until her third trip that she decided to create a book, saying: “I was very surprised and delighted to discover that a book of this type had not been published, so it seemed like a wonderful opportunity.”

Her goal was to convey the “feeling” of San Miguel rather than depict and identify specific tourist destinations, shops, hotels, and restaurants. There isn’t any text other than the introduction (in English and Spanish), so that the focus stays on the vibrant colors and textures. Cunningham says, “I see so many tourists taking cell phone photos as the only diary of their visit. This book will enable them to have a lasting, tangible memento to take home. I’m already thinking about the focus of my next San Miguel book.”

Cunningham resides in the artist community of Laguna Beach, California. She enjoyed a successful career in advertising before she left the corporate world behind to become a full-time photographer. She has won awards for her portrait, wedding, and corporate work, but her true passion is travel photography, and she has shot around the world.

Launch parties to introduce the book to the community were given by Casa Blanca 7 Hotel and Doce-18. The book is currently available at the following locations: Mixta, Casa Armida (Canal 16 location), The Library Le at Doce-18, and Hilo Negro and Spezie at Fábrica La Aurora. It is also sold at the following hotels: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, Casa Blanca 7, El Palomar, and L’Otel. Additional retail outlets can be found at


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