The deities of the Maya had many roles and aspects. Justin focused
God A-Prime to show us a deity who transforms into different states with
different names. He dealt with images of this deity in forms that may
not be familiar, and he explored the alternate beings that make up the
many aspects of this supernatural.
Justin Kerr has been a photographer and lecturer on Pre-Columbian subjects
since his first visit to Mexico in 1960. In 1972, he was commissioned to
photograph the objects for Dr. Michael Coe's monumental work, The Maya
Scribe and His World. Justin designed and built a rollout camera to record
Maya vases, and since that time he has made the photography and study of
Maya vases a priority. Since 1989 he has published six volumes of photos in
his Maya Vase Book series, and he makes his photographs and database
available over the web through The Maya Vase Database and The Pre-Columbian
Portfolio at www.mayavase.com and www.famsi.org.
Justin has lectured extensively on Maya vases and other Pre-Columbian
subjects at universities and museums in Europe and all over the U.S. He is
a member of the board of directors of The Maya Workshop, Austin TX, and of
the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Crystal River,
FL. He has published extensively, and his photos have appeared in exhibits
around the U.S., as well as in scholarly books and articles and in such
magazines as Archaeology, The Smithsonian, Natural History, and many others.
An article about Justin and his work, “A Peripheral Eye on The Maya,”
appeared in the December 2001 issue of Americas.
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