Photography from Latin America 1866-1944
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 more than 1,000 images exhibited by FotoFest,
this book documents the work of fifty photographers
from ten countries. The photographs range from the opening
of the Brazilian frontier in the 1880's to 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.
Wendy Watriss' opening essay provides the curatorial
overview for the book. Louis Parkinson Zamora examines
some of the roots of visual image-making in Latin American
cultures. Boris Kossoy addresses the history of Latin
American contemporary scene. An extensive bibliography
by Marta Sanchez Philippe and artist biographies conclude
the book. With the 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.
Louis Parkinson Zamora is a Professor of English at
the University of Houston.
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