Feliz Dia de los Muertos

I took the following photographs at the 12th annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, October 22, 2011. The cemetery, founded in 1889, is the only one in the United States that opens its gates to the public for traditional observances of Dia de los Muertos. Upwards of 10,000 people attended what is probably the largest celebration of its kind in the U.S.

Aparición (Apparition). Photograph and makeup by Mark Vallen 2011 ©. This is a photographic portrait of the editor of this web log, Jeannine Thorpe, which actually tells you a lot about this journalistic undertaking.

"Aparición" (Apparition). Photograph and makeup by Mark Vallen 2011 ©. This is a photographic portrait of the editor of this web log, Jeannine Thorpe, which actually tells you a lot about this journalistic undertaking.

Danzante (Dancer). Photograph - Mark Vallen 2011 ©. One of the dozens of practitioners of traditional Danza Azteca to attend the festival.

"Danzante" (Dancer). Photograph - Mark Vallen 2011 ©. One of the dozens of practitioners of traditional Danza Azteca to attend the festival.

Portrait of artist Johanna Aguilar. Photograph - Mark Vallen 2011 ©. Aguilar won third prize for her Day of the Dead altar at the 2011 festival. I photographed her as she struck a pose as a living model in her altar's surrealistic tableau.

"Portrait of artist Johanna Aguilar". Photograph - Mark Vallen 2011 ©. Aguilar won third prize for her Day of the Dead altar at the 2011 festival. I photographed her as she struck a pose as a living model in her altar's surrealistic tableau.

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