Our blog follows the documentary film as it explores the collaboration between Mexican publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo and artist José Guadalupe Posada whose work together created a living legacy of imagery influencing generations of artists and inspiring art of social movements in the Americas.
The image to the left is the way Posada's workshop looked about 1899. It is one of two photo images we have of the artist. Posada is on the right and it is generally agreed that the young man is Posada's son Juan Sabino Posada Vela who died in 1900. In our search for Posada we now believe that we know the identity of the third person in the photo. In the image below we see historians Agustín Sánchez González and Helia Emma Bonilla Reyna in front of the workshop as it is today. It is about three blocks from Mexico City's zocolo.
For the last week we have been filming in Mexico
City, Leon and several sites within the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. In this
photo we see one of the printing presses that beginning in 1880, produced
thousands of images for the Vanegas Arroyo publishing house. Many were
illustrated by José Guadalupe Posada. Until his death in 2001, Arsacio Vanegas
Arroyo carried on the family tradition of printing. On top of the press is a
little paper mache calavera dressed a luchador (wrestler) as Arsacio
was also a well known combatant in lucha libre circles. It was that
connection to lucha libre that helped result in Arsacio's support of the
Cuban Revolution. In addition, to the left and behind the little calaverita
is a photo of Constancio S. Suarez who wrote many of the stories and texts that
Posada illustrated for Vanegas Arroyo.