Established in the sixteenth century as a Franciscan mission, the lovely town of San Miguel de Allende has been an art & artisanal center for nearly two centuries
Its cool summers & mild winters have more recently made it a popular destination for vacationers from North America & Europe. As a part-time resident of San Miguel since 1991, robert de Gast has spent a lot of time walking the uneven streets of the town's historic district. His book of photographs The Doors of San Miguel de Allende (Pomegranate, 1994) deftly captured the spirit of one of the New World's oldest European settlements. Now, in Behind the Doors of San Miguel de Allende, de Gast visits the old town's private paradises--sunstruck, shade-dappled courtyards, little sanctuaries of peace & beauty. Ninety-six superb photographs transport us to the parts of San Miguel that the visitor seldom sees. In these images, we glimpse the lives & traditions of a unique & magical place.