Blue agave grows in the nutrient rich red volcanic soil of Western Mexico where it has been cultivated as an important crop since the Aztec civilization. Tequila is made from the heart of the agave, the pińa, and has been carefully crafted and distilled throughout the Western region of Mexico since the 1600’s. The culture, craft, and history of of this iconic spirit of Mexico has been the focus of Joel Salcido’s camera lens during his travels through the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
Flatbed Press is pleased to present “Aliento A Tequila,” an exhibition of color and duo-tone fine art photographs from the Austin-based photographer. Joel’s collection of work, all taken with a medium format camera, captures every area of tequila farming and production: picturesque blue agave fields and the farmers who tend them, harvested piñas skillfully trimmed by machetes, distilleries and artisanal tequileras, and illustrious barrel rooms, or añeos, of Mexico’s most legendary distilleries.
Aliento A Tequila takes place in conjunction with the release of Joel Salcido’s newly published book, The Spirit of Tequila. Published by Trinity University Press, this collection of nearly 90 photographs will be featured at the Texas Book Festival this Fall and will be available for purchase during the opening reception the evening of November 11 from 6 to 8pm. The artist will be in attendance.
Image: Atotonilco El Alto, 16x24” image size, Archival pigment ink photograph printed on German Hahnemühle 100% rag paper.
Bio: Joel Salcido grew up in a duel cultural reality and sensibility derived from being raised along the U.S. and Mexico border. He is currently an Austin-based photographer and Texas Monthly contributor. Salcido’s fine art photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The El Paso Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Humanities Center at UT Austin, among others. His most recent work, Aliento A Tequila, is traveling throughout Texas. The emblematic landscape photograph from this series, titled Atotonilco el Alto, was inducted into the National Heritage Art Collection of Mexico and now resides in the permanent collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City.