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It was a time to enjoy the warmth and sunshine along this Pacific Coast of Mexico in a small resort village called Barra de Navidad.
But what we also found was a touch of the culture and of friendship in the form of carnival celebrations, parades, and pageantry.
I shot these images 11 years ago, when I was invited by Meredith Smith and her daughter to join them on their yearly trek down south of the border.
Shortly afterward I moved to Hawai'i, and the negatives have been in storage ever since.
I dug up the 22 rolls and had them digitized, and this is what I found.
Randy Magnus grew up in the Central Valley farmlands of California, and saw the cultural diversity that came into the area as the population grew. He learned to celebrate what the different cultures had to offer in the arts, food, and lifestyles. With his cameras Randy would document the cultural celebrations, showing the pride in what sets each culture apart, perserving a part of their unique heritage to share with others. Randy Magnus has work in several museums, including MOMA in New York City, the Oakland Museum, and the Achenbach Print Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. He has had one-man shows in San Francisco, New York, and Amsterdam. .