A Generation of Oaxaca's Woodcarvers
Photographs by Vicki Ragan. Text by Shepard Barbash,.
Museum Of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2008. 154 pp., 95 black & white illustrations, 9x6".
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In 1993, author/journalist Shepard Barbash and photographer Vicki Ragan published the best seller Oaxacan Wood Carving: The Magic in the Trees that chronicled the art of Oaxacan wood carvers. Changing Dreams, a photo documentary style book, takes a generation-long look at the fast-changing world of the woodcarvers in Oaxaca, an increasingly popular tourist center where the carvers have become the main attraction. Faced with a range of negative trends, a number of Oaxacan artisans put aside their craft to become mojados, or illegal workers, drawn by the economic opportunities north of the border.