Calavera Catrina /
Dia de los Muertos
By Howard Munson
San Francisco, California: Howard Munson, 2012. Edition of 5.
8.75 x 10.5"; 26 pages. Accordion structure extending from back pastedown. Includes double page pop-up. Digital prints on Lenox 100% rag paper. Bound in orange and red boards. In slipcase covered in Mexican oil cloth with title on spine.
Ten double-page spreads feature Munson's photographs featuring the riotous color that marks Day of the Dead celebrations. La Calavera Catrina (The Elegant Skull) began as a 1910 zinc etching by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada. The etching of the skeleton of an upper class woman was one of a series of calaveras (skulls), poking fun at contemporary figures. The image has become a staple of Mexican imagery.
Howard Munson: "The fashionable lady, La Catrina, made popular by the artist Posada is often seen in art and crafts throughout Mexico during the Dia de los Muertos."