FotoFest 1992, a major festival of international photography, brought Latin American photography into focus for a wide audience. Offering a diverse selection of photographers, countries, artistic movements, and subject matter, the show revealed a photographic tradition rich in history and creativity. Drawing from the more than 1,000 images exhibited by FotoFest, this book documents the work of fifty-two photographers from ten countries. The photographs range from the opening of the Brazilian frontier in the 1880s to a secret archive of documentary images from El Salvador's recent civil war to works of specifically aesthetic intent. Many of the photographs appear here in print for the first time. Watriss's opening essay provides the curatorial overview for the book. Lois Zamora examines the roots of visual image-making in Latin American cultures. Boris Kossoy addresses the history of Latin American photography through the nineteenth century, while Fernando Castro covers the contemporary scene. With its compelling images and English-Spanish text, this book will serve as a benchmark for future studies of photography in Latin America.
Wendy Watriss is the artistic director of FotoFest. Lois Parkinson Zamora is Professor of English at the University of Houston.
Acknowledgments Image and Memory: Photography from Latin America, 1866-1994 (Wendy Watriss) Photography in Nineteenth-Century Latin America: The European Experience and the Exotic Experience (Boris Kossoy) Crossover Dreams: Remarks On Contemporary Latin American Photography (Fernando Castro) PLATES Uruguay: The War of the Triple Alliance, 1865-1870 Brazil: The Opening of a Frontier, 1880-1910 Colombia: Medellin, the New City, 1897-1946 Guatemala: The Colonial Legacy, Religious Photographs, 1880-1920 Peru: Modernity in the Southern Andes: Peruvian Photography, 1908-1930 Ecuador: Old and New, 1925-1986 Argentina: A Crossing of Cultures: Four Women in Argentina, 1937-1968 Mexico: Witnesses of Time, 1987-1991: Flor Garduno Guatemala: The Imprint of Time, Nupcias de Soledad: Luis Gonzalez Palma El Salvador: In the Eye of the Beholder, The War in El Salvador, 1980-1992 Argentina and Uruguay: The Modern Landscape, 1981-1991 Brazil: Color from Brazil Brazil: Mario Cravo Neto Colombia: On the Edge, 1970-1994 Venezuela: New Visions, 1987-1990 Quetzalcoatl's Mirror: Reflections on the Photographic Image in Latin America (Lois Parkinson Zamora) Bibliography (Marta Sanchez Philippe) Artist Biographies Contributor Biographies Lenders List Index
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