José Pablo Fernandez

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José Pablo Fernandez is a photographer born in Mexico City. His interest in photography developed at an early age. His first serious work is a collection of black and white photos taken in London, England in the summer of 1961. In 1982 he began his career as professional photographer. His photograph of the fisherman of Yunuen was awarded the Grand Prize of Western Airlines Magazine and two of his photographs for the book Tequila (1983) received the prestigious Award of Excellence from Communication Arts magazine and were published in the 1984 Photography Annual. In 1986 he published Temoaya and Tierra Mexiquense. In 1987 he founded a publishing company specialized in art books that has received more than twenty national awards. His book México Lindo published for the President of Mexico was a best seller and received the National Award for Merit. It was translated into English and reprinted several times. In 1990 he published The Children of Mexico and developed an exhibit for Papalote-Children’s Museum in 1994. These photographs were later used in the Mexican Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany and are now part of Papalote’s collection. His interest in Mexico’s Indians has taken him to remote and inaccessible areas to photograph more than 50 ethnic groups. He published three books entitled Los Hijos del Sol (1988-1990) and was publisher and sponsor of a special section with the same title in Reforma, Mexico City’s leading newspaper. He donated his collection of more than 4,000 photographs to the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City where they are part of the museum’s exhibits.


His Nostalgia exhibit has been shown in Houston and El Paso in Texas, and Tempe, Arizona. His black and white nature photographs for the book Canto a la Vida II were selected for the Photokina exhibit Aqua Sponsored by Haselblad in Cologne, Germany in 1996. Photos from his Tequila book were part of an exhibit in the Jenever Museum in Rotterdam, Holland.