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Santiago: Saint of Two Worlds

Pilgrims, image size 19"x15", platinum-palladium print with pastel.
Prints are numbered and signed by the artist

In the Middle Ages, royalty, knights, priests, commoners, even criminals followed the Way of St. James. Today, pilgrims from all over the world still travel by foot, bicycle or horseback to Compostela. Each pilgrim has a reason for the journey; many go to see the architecture and enjoy the camaraderie of the experience, and others travel for spiritual reasons.

In the summers of 1987 and 1988, Joan Myers made this thousand-year old journey, photographing both pilgrims and their route. The 500 miles were arduous, over the Pyrenees, across the hot central plains of Castile and Leon, and over the steep foggy passes of Galicia.

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