1st New World Medical Book published Mexico City, 1570.

by Michael J. North Just over thirty years after the first printing press arrived in the New World from Spain, the first medical book was printed in Mexico City: Francisco Bravo’s Opera Medicinalia, published by Pedro Ocharte in 1570. While it is well within NLM’s mission to collect, preserve and give the world access to […]

Isaac Cordal’s Mini Cement Skeletons.

by Christopher Jobson  Artist Isaac Cordal (previously) is well-known for his creation and placement of miniature cement figures in public places around the world as part of an ongoing series called Cement Eclipses. While the meaning behind each tiny sculpture is intentionally ambiguous, it’s impossible to look at each piece without imagining a story. The […]

The Wild Axolotl is under Threat

(Stephen Dalton/Minden Pictures/Corbis) If you wanted to see a wild axolotl, you may be out of luck. The happy-faced amphibian has long been in a tough spot, because its only native habitat is the muddy network of lakes and canals around Mexico City, which has been threatened by pollution, urban sprawl and competition from invasive […]

‘The Power of Nature’, Colima.

The votes for the National Geographic 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest are in. The prestigious grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico for his hauntingly captivating image of a lightning strike, shooting from a volcano’s ash cloud. Velasco’s picture grabbed first place in the nature category as well. More info: nationalgeographic.com […]

A Photo Trip to the Yucatán Peninsula,

The Yucatán is a 70,000-square-mile peninsula in southern Mexico, rich with history and life. Its beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean have become huge tourist draws, while inland, Maya archaeological sites are still being discovered, some dating back to the fifth century A.D. The underlying landscape is almost entirely made of limestone, and […]

Spaik and Libre, Mexico City.

Spaik and Libre collaboration in Mexico City (photo: Jose Hernandez). A collaboration between two Gen Y Mexican muralists went up this month for college age festival goers at an electronic dance event in Mexico City that features multiple DJs, carnival rides, laser light shows, and neon accessories. Here are some shots of the massive wall […]