Two extraordinary photography shows being displayed concurrently this month showcase works by of the late John Frost, a prolific artist and long-time resident of Jocotepec.
The first exhibit opened Sunday, January 14 at Jocotepec’s Casa de La Cultura, set a few steps from the town plaza. The show comprises 93 large format black-and-white prints depicting life in Frost’s adopted hometown and the surrounding countryside. The images show scenes of traditional festivities, typical agricultural activity, and local people engaged in ordinary daily pursuits.
A complementary show opens Friday, January 19, 6:30 p.m., in the upstairs gallery at Chapala’s Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia, located on Avenida Madero at the corner of Hidalgo. The exhibit features 74 original prints and reproductions of various sizes, some captured in black and white and others in color. The images represent the full scope of Frost’s body of work.
Together the two exhibits provide a window on earlier times in the lakeshore region and western Mexico, showing Frost’s keen eye for focusing on landscapes, architecture and lifestyles.
The collections were put together by Frost’s son John Burdett Frost, in keeping with the promise he made four years ago to preserve his father’s life work and legacy. The project entailed long months of sorting through thousands of prints and negatives accumulated over 50 years by the talented artist behind the lens.
The effort was accomplished with the aid of Carlos Cuevas, Jocotepec’s director of culture, and his assistant Diana Medina who lent moral support and helped the younger Frost obtain a grant from Jalisco’s Ministry of Culture. The state agency has also pledged additional funding for the publication of a book honoring the outstanding photographer.