Photographer Craig Alan Huber has been photographing California’s Spanish missions since 2008, collecting his images in a special-edition book and in several print portfolios. After so many years spent exploring the missions, Huber took a keen interest in their history, and specifically the life of Junípero Serra, considered by many to be the “father” of the California missions. Eventually, this work led Huber to the island of Mallorca and rural Mexico on a quest of sorts to document the regions where Junípero Serra lived his life.

This year Serra was canonized by Pope Francis, and Huber felt it was the best time to culminate his project with a book, The Spirit Within Saint Junípero, published through Huber’s fine-art photography publisher Veritas Editions. The book is divided into three sections—Mallorca, Mexico, and Alta California—each with a group of photographs and a short history describing Serra’s life, written by early-California historian Robert M. Senkewicz.

The Spirit Within Saint Junípero is published in a trade hardcover edition and a limited edition, which is signed and numbered by Huber and includes an original platinum/palladium print, housed in a custom clamshell case. Both are available through Veritas Editions.

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden