Sunday, January 24, 2010

Guatemala Book 2010: Guatemala: Eterna Primavera, Eterna Tiranía

During the 1980s, I was a photographer in Guatemala. At the same time I wrote human rights reports for Human Rights Watch (then Americas Watch). In 1988, W.W. Norton (New York/London) published my color photos and testimonies on Guatemala's civil war. The book, which sold in hard and soft cover, was titled Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny. It sold 20,000 copies in the U.S. and the U.K., and then it went out of print.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Fundación Soros Guatemala (FSG), the book is being re-printed and re-distributed in Guatemala in June 2010.

The new edition is in Spanish. Photographically, the book is also improvement over the original version: the new edition contains more photographs, and 40% of them were not previously published. The photos -- all color -- have also benefited from digital scanning at National Geographic Imaging (Washington DC) and professional PhotoShop enhancement at Estudio A2 in Guatemala City.

From time to time I will be posting a selection of photos from Guatemala: Eterna Primavera, Eterna Tiranía on this blog site. I look forward to your comments, and any suggestions you may have for getting the word out in Guatemala.

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