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About Dane

Ethnographic Photography of Central Mexico and Beyond

I’m a bilingual photographer who’s been living in Jalisco, Mexico, for the past seven years. I work on projects that attempt to represent the culture of Mexico as seen from the point of view of those living here. Since 2016, my photos have appeared in museums and galleries in six countries, including Greece, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Hungary.

I’ve been distinguished by VICE’s Creator’s Project as one of the best photographers working in Latin America today. (Actually, they technically labeled me Latin American, which is an honor, but that definitely ain’t right.)

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The Work

Photo Series of Mexico

My primary photographic subject is Mexico, where I’ve been living since 2010, documenting its life and culture through personal photography projects.

Kids pretend to be living marionettes while riding on the back of a moving float during the wacky 2015 New Year's Day Parade in Ajijic, Mexico. The New Year's Day parade is a newer addition to the town's many annual fiestas and religious processions. This one is a bit different as it's often a hodgepodge of various contemporary and traditional themes from Mexico and abroad.

40 Blocks in A Mexican Pueblo

If there’s one truth about the world which is perceptible to us on a daily basis, it’s that the living planet, and our human experience of it, is full of differences and perpetual change. For inexplicable reasons, many languages developed over history instead of just...

The Masked Zayacas of Ajijic, Mexico

Mexico is a land bursting with culture and traditions, some dating back thousands of years. Despite a constant bombardment of external influences, from Spanish invaders to its present-day neighbors to the north, the country’s customs remain a part of everyday life for many people, especially...
Chapala, Jalisco. Panteón municipal.

Inside the Graveyard Mausoleums of Mexico

In Mexico, the dead might be gone, but they are rarely forgotten. A three-day national holiday, Día de Muertos, exists just to remember them and welcome them back to the world of the living each year. And as cremation is not common here, there are...
The Aztec Dancers

The Aztec Dancers

Today’s modern day pre-Hispanic dancers of Mexico are keeping alive a tradition which even the Spanish conquerors couldn’t eradicate 500 years ago: a version of the mitote dance once performed for the Aztec gods, but which now leads the most important Mexican holiday processions for...
Queen of the Association of Charros Ajijic 2016

The Mexican Cowboys: the Vaqueros of Jalisco

Ismael Sánchez

Ismael Sánchez

We meet in the street. He's shaking uncontrollably and, since I've only lived in Mexico for three months, I can't understand anything he's saying.
Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead in Jalisco, Mexico

For the last six years, I’ve photographed the Day of the Dead in Mexico, ever since I moved to a colorful lakeside pueblo in the subtropical central highlands of Jalisco. The sound of mother hens and their chicks fill the air as they run free...
Aztecas Abtractas

Aztecas Abstractas

Highway 15, Mexico

Highway 15: Mexico at 55 MPH

In 2010, when my friend and I got in the car and moved to Mexico, I had a lot of time to sit and stare out the window, wondering if I would regret what I had done: quit my dependable seven-year job at The Denver...

Photo Series of Other Places in the World

The Treeline Colorado Rockies

Landscapes

Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal


The Blog

What’s New

La Catrina: A Photo Composite Series

The Day of the Dead is less than two weeks away, so it seems appropriate to post this photo composite series about La Catrina that I spent time working on a couple years ago. Each is a composite of dozens of layers of adjustments, photos,...

Photo Essay

Traditional Mexican Music Genres

Banda, ranchera, norteño, mariachi are some of the most popular forms of music in Mexico. But the country’s music is as diverse as its people, and other music which gets played includes jarocho, huasteco, tamborazo zacatecano, grupera, marimba, rock, ska, reggaeton and pop.

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Jalisco, Mexico

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+52 333.474.4932

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