The Dead Won’t Die Here


In this essay collection, Melina Balcázar explores the relationship between photography and grief in Mexico. The author reflects upon her family’s experience of grief, photographs of spiritist sessions—whose images capture thoughts, ectoplasm, and spiritual fluids—and the significance of postmortem portraits, a medium veiling death behind the illusion of deep sleep. In a masterful essay, Balcázar also homes in on renowned Mexican author Juan Rulfo’s photographic works in relation to his mother’s death. The author’s literary potency transits throughout all three texts, animating her analyses of traditions, autobiographical anecdotes, and the imagination.