In the course of a personal trip he undertook to the Maya area, Jorge Pérez de Lara contracted an incurable case of Maya fever and decided there and then to put his skills as an advertising and architectural photographer in the service of his passion. Along the way, he has been incredibly lucky to have met and traveled with world class teachers and friends who have got him deeply interested in the epigraphy and iconography of the ancient Maya. Aside from enjoying immensely working with the objects and buildings of this great civilization, he hopes his photographs may make a contribution to a better understanding of the ancient artists' voices, especially to those who can't have first-hand access to them.

William Saturno has worked extensively in the Southwestern United States, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and most recently Guatemala. From 1994 to 2000 he was the Field Director of the Río Amarillo Archaeological Project in Western Honduras, examining the ancient sociopolitical relationships between large and small Maya cities around the site of Copán. In March 2001, while exploring in northeastern Guatemala for Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, he discovered the remote archaeological site of San Bartolo and the oldest intact murals ever found in the Maya world. Bill's academic interests include the evolution of complex society, particularly among the Ancient Maya, Mesoamerican religion, iconography and epigraphy, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in archaeology and the role of archaeology in popular culture.