Loss, Recuperation, and Identity

Charnay/Northern building of the Nunnery at Uxmal, Mexico
Désiré Charnay also recorded Uxmal, while photographing and making casts of Mesoamerican ruins for the Smithsonian Institution in Paris. Well preserved are the geometric relief decorations on the facade of a building at Uxmal known as the Nunnery. Charnay's unusual photographs are both valuable records and evocative images of the remains of Mayan civilization.