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 shows 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 photographers from ten countries. The photographs range from the opening of the Brazilian frontier in the 1880s 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's opening essay provides the curatorial overview for the book. Lois Parkinson 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.
Draws from about 1,000 images exhibited by FotoFest 1992 to offer a diverse selection of photographers, countries, artistic movements, and subject matter rich in both history and creativity. The color and duotone photographs (many of which appear in print for the first time) range from the opening of the Brazilian frontier in the 1880s to documentary images from El Salvador's 1980 civil war to works of specifically aesthetic and experimental intent. The text (written in both Spanish and English) provides a curatorial overview followed by essays on the roots of visual imagery in Latin American cultures, the history of Latin American photography in the 19th century, the contemporary scene, and the debate over "artistic" versus documentary work. Includes an extensive bibliography and artist biographies. Oversize: 10.50x11". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.