Silver 2021 / Book / Fine Art

Maya Ruins Revisited

  • Prizes
    Silver in Book/Fine Art
  • Company
    William Frej Photography
  • Photographer
    William Frej

My photography book documents vestiges of once mighty, but now forgotten Maya kingdoms in Mexico and Guatemala, discovered and photographed by the 19th century explorer/photographer Teobert Maler. Today, many of these sites lie largely hidden and remain seldom visited. Walking in Maler's footsteps through overgrown jungle terrain and photographing "Maler" sites became my passion. My book depicts many of these sites, and over a century later, provides invaluable documentation of places rapidly being overcome by forces of nature and man, and hopefully serves as a marker for future generations.

I began my career as an architect and later served as an international development specialist, living in Nepal, India, Indonesia, Poland, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Mexico. Always with my camera at my side, I have been photographing indigenous people and their environments since the 1970s, documenting the changing lifestyles and architecture of many of the world’s unique and ancient cultures. My photographic work is represented in numerous public and private collections throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. My new book, a visual journey to remote Maya sites, was published in October 2020.