Zayacos & Sombreros
Presented by Photographer Dane Strom
The Story Behind this Photo
Masked zayacos wait to enter the bullring to begin Carnaval-related activities in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. The zayacos are a part of the the town’s myriad local traditions. You can read more about the zayacas of Ajijic in my photo series, The Masked Zayacas of Ajijic, Mexico.
Awards & Publications
Awards Selected by Steve McCurry as a winner in Life Framer’s “World Travelers” contest • Winner of American Illustrator-American Photographer’s Latin American Fotografía 6 competition & selected for the “Los Diez” world tour, sponsored by Epson • Latin American Identity contest winner, Cuartoscuro Magazine Exhibited In Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles • Museum of Archival Photography, Mexico City • PhotoVille 2017, New York City • Bogotá, Colombia • Buenos Aires, Argentina Published In Cuartoscuro Magazine, June 2016
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The Masked Sayacas of Ajijic, Mexico
These cross-dressing, flour-throwing masked characters chase kids through the streets every Carnival, a tradition unique to the town of Ajijic, Mexico.See Collection
About The Photographer
Dane Strom worked for seven years as a newsroom editorial assistant at The Denver Post in Colorado before he left the United States and moved to Central Mexico in 2010.
Since then, he’s been photographing the traditions, holidays and people of his adopted town, commited to spreading the beauty and rich culture of Mexico around the world.
His work, which has appeared in galleries and museums in many countries, has also won awards in contests judged by photographers and curators such as Steve McCurry, Peter Turnley, and Susan Spiritus.