Dos Pilas, El Peten, Guatemala

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico will hold a gallery talk and exhibit opening on Friday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.  Bruce T. Martin, an American fine art photographer who uses photography to document the world, explore perceptions, and question viewpoints will discuss his new book.  "Look Close See Far, a Cultural Portrait of the Maya" is published by George Braziller, Ins. NYC.  The book is a collection of images and ideas gathered while Martin traveled throughout Central America.

The Maya never truly disappeared and contemporary Mayan people strive to maintain their cohesiveness and protect their local traditions and languages.  Their cultural and spiritual identities are fundamentally intertwined with the land from which they and their ancestors have coaxed their livelihood.  A new exhibit at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology presents a story of the Maya through the eyes of Martin.

Since 1987, Martin has taken more than 10,000 photographs over a range of landscapes and attitudes in an attempt to make a distinctive portrait of their singular culture.  The ancient Maya left behind evidence of their great prowess in mathematics, astronomy and architecture, as well as enduring written and oral histories revealing intricate political and social hierarchies and a rich spiritual system.

The exhibit will continue through November 2011.

The opening celebration of the exhibit will be from 6-8 p.m.  Music by La Randilla de Albuquerque.  There will be free refreshments and parking.

Contact: Mary Beth Hermans (505) 277-1400; e-mail: