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Mary Anne Andrei

Mary Anne Andrei’s photographs have appeared in the Guardian, Harper’s, In These Times, Maclean’s, Mother Jones, and the New Republic. Her history of museums and the early conservation movement, Nature’s Mirror, is forthcoming (Chicago, 2018). She is a story producer in the digital and multimedia division of Nebraska Public Television.


Photography by Mary Anne Andrei

Ted Genoways’ Notes to Self

Fall 2017 | Articles

Mexico’s undocumented migrants have a patron saint: Father Toribio Romo González, a parish priest who, in the late 1920s, delivered mass in a distillery outside the village of Tequila, at a time when religion had been banned outright by the Mexican government. After he was ratted out, Romo fled, but was eventually discovered by federales in his valley hideout, where they roused him from his sleep and shot him on the spot. His murder was never reported in the local papers, and church records on this particular case are hard to come by. But as Ted Genoways discovered while researching the history of Tequila and its eponymous drink, Romo’s murder remains a vivid, practically tactile legend.

“With a bit of asking around, you can find the physical spaces where these things happened—and very often find people who are connected to those places,” Genoways says. “I saw Romo’s hiding place, the bed where he was killed, with the daughter of the man who was hiding him. That seems like an impossible gap of time, but then you realize that something that happened ninety years ago didn’t happen all that long ago after all.”

What is Gone

Fall 2011 | Memoir

Dome of the pavilion in the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln, Nebraska. I'm that person who watches, who holds back, who eschews sentimentality at the same time she maintains a nostalgia for the past, who remembers in detail particular nights at the Drums [...]