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The Spirit Within Saint Junípero

Photographs by Craig Alan Huber and Essays by Robert M. Senkewicz

Craig Alan Huber and Robert M. Senkewicz

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 10.00" x 12.75"
  • ISBN: 978-0-9892099-3-9
  • Publication Date: 2015-10-21
  • Veritas Editions, LLC

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The Spirit Within Saint Junípero

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This book approaches Saint Junípero from a unique perspective, the sense of place, by presenting close and detailed views of the places that formed Junípero Serra, the places where he worked as a professor, a priest, and a missionary, and the places whose foundation was animated by his vision. By reflecting upon these places, the reader will be in able to approach this man in a fresh way.

Craig Alan Huber first began photographing the California Missions in 2008, and as he learned more of the Franciscans and contributions of Fray Serra in particular, he decided to make sojourns to both Mallorca and Mexico as well, to photograph the important places Serra played a pivotal role in.  During his dedicated pilgrimages to these spiritual sites, he sought and often felt a life force flowing through them.  This unseen energy has a Spirit.  It is this Spirit Within he reveals through his work.

The images presented in this book are from Mr. Huber’s pilgrimages to thirty-seven sites where Serra had an impact.  Twenty-three sites are in Alta California, where Junípero directly founded the first nine Missions and set the stage for the remainder.  Seven locations are in Mexico, where he established five Missions in the remote Sierra Gorda mountains, and played significant roles in two Franciscan colegios – San Fernando in Mexico City, and Santa Cruz in Queretaro.  Finally, there are seven locations on the island of Mallorca where Josep Miguel Serra was born and eventually became a Franciscan just shy of his eighteenth birthday.

For the entire book, photographer Craig Alan Huber was faithful to what some term today as ‘old school’ photography, working with a large format film view camera, the same style used by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and other iconic photographers.  Seven years since its inception, he is ready to present this work in comprehensive form.

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Craig Alan Huber

A seasoned photographic artist working in the traditions of landscape and architecture photography, Craig Alan Huber is relatively new to the world of book publishing, this being his second title. His first book, The Spirit Within The California Missions (2015), was awarded first place in the handmade category by renowned publishers 21st Editions in the 2015 Vermont Center for Photography’s ‘By the Books’ juried exhibition. The Spirit Within The California Missions has been added into multiple collections, including the Vatican Library, The Huntington Library, the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library, the University of Washington Special Collections, Santa Clara University, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archival Center. His work has also appeared in publications including The Photo Review, Photographers’ Formulary, and View Camera magazine.  He has recently formed a new publishing venture, Veritas Editions, which is dedicated to communicating the beauty in truth and the truth in beauty.

Robert M. Senkewicz

Robert M. Senkewicz is Professor of History at Santa Clara University. He is the author, together with Rose Marie Beebe, of a number of books dealing with California during its Spanish and Mexican eras. These include The History of Alta California, a Memoir of Mexican California (1996), which received the Norman Neuerberg Award from the Historical Society of Southern California, Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California (2001), Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women (2006), To Toil in That Vineyard of the Lord: Contemporary Scholarship on Junípero Serra (2010), and Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary (2015).