Harry Crosby Farmer in Market, Guanjuato, Mexico
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1963 Print Date 1963
Dimensions 9-1/2 x 7-9/16 in. (241 x 192 mm)
Photo Country Mexico
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Guanajuato is one of the loveliest cities in Mexico. Founded in 1559, its name means "place of the frogs". Photographer's stamp and ink written title on verso, along with a photo agency label. Harry Crosby was born in Seattle, WA, on June 10, 1926. He received his B.A. from Occidental College in 1948 and his master's degree from San Diego State University in 1951. In 1963, he retired from teaching in the San Diego Unified School District to become a professional photographer. Between 1963 and 1974, Crosby worked in commercial photography, specializing in brochure, magazine and book illustration. In 1967, Crosby was hired by the Commission of the Californias to illustrate a book to commemorate the California bicentennial entitled "The Call to California" (1969). During his research for the book, he rode 600 miles in Baja California, mostly on mule back and followed the route of the Portola/Serra expedition of 1769. While photographing historic places in Baja, Crosby also became interested in peninsular rock art and the history of the isolated ranch families he encountered. Crosby has since written and illustrated numerous books and articles on Baja California, including "The King's Highway in Baja California" (1974), "The Cave Paintings of Baja California" (1975), "Baja's Murals of Mystery" (National Geographic, 1980, Vol.158, No.5, p.692-702), "Last of the Californios" (1981), "Doomed to Fail (1989), and "Antigua California, Mission and Colony on the Peninsular Frontier, 1697-1768" (1994). A collection of his work is in the Mandeville Special Collections Library, Geisel Library of the University of California, San Diego.
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