John Mraz is a Research Professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (México). He has published widely in Europe, Latin America, and the USA on the uses of photography, cinema, and video in recounting the histories of Mexico and Cuba.
Among his recent books are: Photographing the Mexican Revolution (2012); Fotografiar la Revolución Mexicana (2010); Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National Identity (2009); Trasterrados: braceros vistos por los Hermanos Mayo (2005), Nacho López, Mexican Photographer (2003), Nacho López y el fotoperiodismo mexicano en los años cincuenta (1999), La mirada inquieta: nuevo fotoperiodismo mexicano, 1976-1996 (1996, translation in English published by History of Photography, 1998), and Uprooted: Braceros in the Hermanos Mayo Lens (1996).
He has been guest editor of monographic issues for several journals; Cinema and History in Latin America (Film Historia, 1999), Visual Culture in Latin America (Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina, 1998) and Mexican Photography (History of Photography, 1996).
He has also curated several international exhibits of photography, shown in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Most recently, he was curator of the national exhibit for the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, Testimonios de una guerra. John Mraz has directed the award-winning documentary videotapes, Innovating Nicaragua and Made on Rails: A History of the Mexican Railroad Workers, distributed in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.