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Important Photographer Donates His Exhibition to the Biblioteca

By Karla Ortiz

The artist and photographer Harry Kerker, from Los Angeles, California, visited San Miguel de Allende to carry out a project in honor of Diego Rivera, in which he will reprint eight of the most famous works of the Mexican painter. Of course, he could not do this without help from Mexican artists and artisans. In his search for a photographic studio or a place where he could have space to carry out his project, he found the Biblioteca, where they gladly opened the doors of the Santa Ana Theater for the creation  of such a significant project. “Without the Biblioteca my project would not have been possible and I am very grateful,” Kerker said.

Kerker is an artist who worked in advertising for years, being creative director at the Young & Rubicam agency, where he was responsible for Mexican tourist campaigns in the United States. He always had a certain idea of Mexico, the same one that he sold to Americans who were looking for a place to spend their vacations. Which is why Kerker always focused on the beaches, but he had never thought about how great it would be to know Mexico from within. So he changed his destination and decided to get more involved with the real Mexico, and that is how he discovered San Miguel de Allende.

From his early 20s he has been involved with photography and it has become his greatest hobby. During his position as creative director he met many professional photographers from whom he learned a lot.

For some time now he has been visiting San Miguel, capturing the moments where he can still feel and see the Mexico that we all want, full of folklore, traditions, and culture. The resulting work, a collection of some 150 pieces, was recently exhibited at the San Francisco Gallery to celebrate Independence Day. It portrays the current Mexico: Day of the Dead, urban landscapes, mariachis, street artists and artisans.

Kerker has been so grateful to the people of San Miguel and to the Biblioteca for so much support during his stay in Mexico, that he decided to donate all his exhibition to the library, to help raise funds to continue the workshops and scholarships for children and youth, since, during the creation of his project in honor of Diego Rivera he got to know children and their workshops up close, becoming more involved with the altruistic work of the library.

“Mexico is a very creative country, they have to develop young artists, so people can see what Mexico really is. I think education is very important. If we want to change the perception of what Mexico really is in the world, we have to support the children,” Kerker concluded.


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