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Marcey Jacobson, a Photographer Inspired by Mexico, Dies at 97

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

Marcey Jacobson, a self-taught photographer from New York City who spent decades in the southern Mexican highlands documenting the lives of the indigenous Indian peoples, died on July 26 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, in the state of Chiapas. She was 97.


Ms. Jacobson was eking out a living in New York City doing mechanical drafting when she first visited San Cristóbal in 1956, intending only a short stay. Instead she found a place she called "the solution to everything," and, with her companion, Janet Marren, a painter, settled there for the rest of her life.

Read Jacobson's obituary in The New York Times.

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