Cisco has been awarded a PECDA GRANT for his work





This photographic project will be a continuation of the original Gente de Chiapas, but a deeper more personal close-up examination of the diverse face of Chiapas. The conceptual application of this projection is to visit four diverse communities in Chiapas: 1. the coast of Chiapas, Socnussco, 2, Los Altos, 3. Depression Central, 4. Selva Lacandon. These areas each have unique characteristics that express themselves on the face of the Chiapanecan peoples living there. At these communities a relationship will be established with the public and religious officials to allow for the photographic project to be completed. Once established a background will be set up and subjects will be invited to be photographed during a day or two of work. The proposal is to capture in extreme close-up the diverse, FACE of each area. These images will be taken on traditional 6/6 cm Black and White film. The camera is a 50 year old Yashica twin lens reflex. The images will be developed to professional standards in Cisco’s laboratory then printed on fiber based 8/10 paper. These images will then be digitally scanned at high resolution and then printed on photographic paper sized 75cm/75cm. These images will then be laminated for presentations in each community where the images were taken. The final photographic show in each community, 10 to 15 images, will be presented in a public location lasting for one month. The images will then be donated to the municipal archives for a living history of each community. A final show will be presented in Tuxtla Gutierrez, ideally in the plaza central, of all images, 40 to 60, from the project.

The primary objective of this project is to capture the intense variety of the FACE of Chiapas. This vital portrait of a living dynamic community of man is a much needed visual record that will be a permanent historic mark for the people of Chiapas. The need for this project is amplified by the constant change that is history. A state must be able to know it’s history by a visual record. This record will be a slice of the FACE of Chiapas that can be referenced by future researchers and individuals to see how time has changed the composition of Chiapas. The giving back to the community a vital record of their people will allow the members of these diverse communities to know themselves. The public showings in each community will allow the community to have an artistic expression that connects and opens dialogs.

The first goal of the project is to bring people closer to the understanding of the uniqueness of each person. As the people will see themselves and their community members they will be able to view in stark clarity the individual with extreme sharpness and closeness. This ideally will foster a respect and a interest in knowing the community members in greater detail.

Plan de trabajo:

January – February
These months will be used to establish contact in the four targeted areas of Chiapas. Trips will be taken to explore each area and to communicate with community leaders the plan to photograph in their communities. In each area of Chiapas there will be one community selected that reflects the diversity of the unique FACE of the region. Trips of approximately one week in duration will be taken to explore the possibilities of each location. NOTE: Each step of the project will be documented with digital imagery and written notes for inclusion in the final conclusions to be present to PECDA/CONACULTA.

March – April
Theses months will be used to take the actual photographs develop the film and begin the process of image selection.

May – June
These months will be used to print the original photographs and to scan the original photos the digital files will be printed to exposition size. The final images will be laminated for final shows in each community.

July – August
Shows in each community will be presented. The images after the run of the show will be donated to each community.

September – October
Final show in communities and the public showing of all work in the Plaza Central in Tuxtla Gutierrez will be presented. The final images will be donated to the state archives for preservation and display. Final conclusions and documentation will be presented to PECDA/CONACULTA.


Craig “Cisco” Robert Dietz

May 23, 1952, Hollywood, California United States of America


Bachelor of Arts, 1974, University of California at Los Angeles, Film School.

1975-1984 Art, editorial and commercial photography in Los Angeles, California. Clients included Warner Brothers Records, Occidental College, University of Southern California, and Los Angeles Magazine.

One of the first artists to discover the process and use the Polaroid Emulsion Transfer process (PET).

Awarded an artist of the year grant from the Polaroid Corporation in 1982 to pursue his experimentation in Polaroid Emulsion Transfer.

1984-1993 Advertising photography in New Orleans, Louisiana pursuing a successful career working for national and international advertising
agencies such as Bauerline Advertising, Peter Mayer Advertising, Tom
Varisco Design, etc.

1993 -2006 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, concentrated on his fine art Photography and his photography school, Aper Tours ( Currently is Director de Jardin de Orquideas Moxviquil with PRONATURA CHIAPAS, managing and rescuing orchids from devastated areas of Chiapas. The collection is the largest and most diverse public collection in Chiapas. Is the owner/director of Galeria Studio Cerrillo in San Cristobal de las Casas.


Cisco’s photographic work, always out-of-the-ordinary, experimenting, discovering and seeking new art forms combining traditional and digital photographic processes, include;

LA GENTE DE CHIAPAS (The People of Chiapas), an extensive look at the face of the diverse groups of people that live in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. This work has been assembled into a limited edition portfolio, LA GENTE DE CHIAPAS. Images from this work were selected for inclusion in the 146th Royal Photographic Print Competition. The Royal Photographic Society, the oldest continuous supporter, of photography in the world, published a catalog containing 100 images from 86 photographers, and included two images from LA GENTE DE CHIAPAS.

A 50-piece one-man photographic show opened at the exhibition center of Caja Ahorra Mediterráneo (CAM), a major Spanish bank in October 2003, in Alicante, Spain. A book, “Dos Miradas de Chiapas” from that show was published by CAM in September 2005 with 25 of Cisco’s images. The show resulting from the book will tour Spain for two years in various branch offices of CAM.

An article on GENTE DE CHIAPAS will appear in B/W Magazine early in 2007.

Fascination with the human form pushed him to produce a new body of large disassociated nudes called ME/SHE in September 2003. The images, printed in B/W, are assembled in a random puzzle fashion sized from one X 2.5 meters (39”X 98”) images. These assembled images have a cubist sensibility of the disassociated self which can be mixed and matched and reassembled into a unique whole. The first public showing of this body of work was at Studio Cerrillo in San Cristóbal, Chiapas.

His photography away from Chiapas includes an extended and elaborate look at Paris and France entitled FRANCE SHATTERED. Digital images constructed from small image files were reconstructed into large fractured multifaceted images.

DIGITAL BOUQUET is his newest series of digital imagery. The images presented are from a continuing series of digitally scanned flowers. His digital investigation of the colorful flowers began when he first purchased a scanner in late 1998. The scanner represented a new way to view photography in a finely detailed fashion without the use of traditional cameras. The lens of the scanner is a large flat surface with limited depth of field which is ideal for the examination of the delicate nature of the colorful and varied flowers that he has selected to investigate. The images are scanned at resolutions typically 600 to 1200 DPI, then cleaned and enhanced in Photoshop taking care not to change the original look. The final digital files are exposed on photographic paper with a Durst fiber optic enlarger that allows for the large size, from 70 X 70 to 70cm X180 cms (27 X 27 TO 27 X 71 inches) . The exposed paper is then developed by traditional photographic chemistry methods.

He edited a fifty-piece one-woman photography show for Marcey Jacobson, FIFTY YEARS IN CHIAPAS at the Na Bolom Museum and Cultural Center in San Cristóbal, Chiapas in February 2006


In November 2006, a one-man show will be exhibited at the Ex- Convento de Sto. Domingo, in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico. This show will include new work for the ME/SHE series.

Cisco is organizing a group show for the, Ex-Convento de Sto. Domingo, in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas Mexico in June - July 2007.

CHRISTI, Casa de Cultura: El Carmen, San Cristóbal in June 2006. A
mixed media exhibition with Shawn McDonough

DAILY LIFE: IMAGES OF CHIAPAS, 2006 Museo Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal, Chiapas September 2005-March 2006.
CHIAPAS 21: Mexico City, Mexico, group show by various artists from Chiapas July 2005

ESCAPARARTE: EL ARTE SALIO A LA CALLE. Andador Museo Regional Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas México in April 2005.

DIGITAL BOQUETE: FLORES DEL JARDÍN, IXTLE Galería, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas México, Fall 2004

DIGITAL BOQUETE: FLORES DEL JARDÍN, Centro Cultural Jaime Sabines, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas México, August 2004.

ESCAPARARTE: EL ARTE SALIO A LA CALLE. Desnudas y Retratos de Chiapas: Comitan. Andador Museo Regional Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas México March 2004.

FOTO SEPTIEMBRE: GENTE DE CHIAPAS, Organizado por Galería Ixtle, Galaxia, Tuxtla Gutierre, Chiapas México, September 2003

FOTO SEPTIEMBRE: DÍPTICA NUDOS, Galería Studio Cerrillo, San Cristóbal, Chiapas México, September 2003.

FOTO SEPTIEMBRE: DIGITAL FLORA PROTOTIPOS, Organizada por fotógrafo independiente San Cristóbal, Ex - Convento Sto. Domingo, San Cristóbal Chiapas Mexico. September 2003

146TH INTERNATIONAL PHOTO EXHIBITION, Royal Photographic Society, LA GENTE DE CHIAPAS, Bath England, September 2003 .

LA GENTE DE CHIAPAS, Caja Ahorra Mediterráneo, Orihuela, Alicante, Spain, 2003
FOTO SEPTIEMBRE, Ex Convento Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, 2002
FOTO SEPTIEMBRE, IXTLI Galería, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México, 2001

FOTOGRAFIÁ POR EL NUEVO SIGLO, La Galeria, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, 2001
FOTOGRAFIÁ La Galería, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, 1998

THE PHOTO EYE Margaret Astricker Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1993

NEW VISIONS IN PHOTOGRAPHY, New Orleans Contemporary Art Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1992

NEW TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY, San Francisco Contemporary Museum of Art, San Francisco, California , 1985

PHOTOFLEXION, BODY BUILDING PHOTOGRAPHY, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1982

PHOTOFLEXION, BODY BUILDING PHOTOGRAPHY Barnsdale Art Center, Los Angeles, California, 1980


The Polaroid Collections, Waltham, Massachusetts
The Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
New Orleans Museum of Contemporary Art, New Orleans, LA
San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA