Chile ayer hoy (Chile Yesterday Today). Editora Nacional Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, 1975. 100 pp. Small quarto (9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in./24 x 24.5 cm). First edition. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 119 black-and-white photographs (& 1 color) photographs.
NOTE: Images at right show copy on offer; page spreads below are images from a previous copy in our archive.
Featured in Horacio Fernandez, ed., The Latin American Photobook:
"Chile ayer hoy (Chile Yesterday Today) was published by the official publishing wing of the Chilean government, which before the military coup of 1973 had been called Quimantu, known for its large print runs of low-cost publications, aimed at 'putting books in the hands of the people' and conceived as 'an element for freeing consciences in the new Chile'....Following the coup , Quimantu was taken over by the army and later reconstituted as the Editora Nacional Gabriela Mistral.... Chile ayer hoy (Chile Yesterday Today) has no credits, but its authors functioned within the orbit of the DINAC, the military dictatorship's National Directorate of Social Communications...The authors of Chile ayer hoy made use of the Quimantu archives, whose photographs occupy half the book, which is designed in an alternating structure. On the even numbered pages there are photos, framed in black, of the years of the Unidad Popular [pre-coup government]: scenes of disorder and violence, constant demonstrations by hostile extremists, shops with empty shelves, foreigners in important positions, students on the streets, and communist graffiti. The photographs on the odd-numbered pages, mostly taken at the same places as the others, show peaceful, empty streets; sell-stocked markets; students sitting at their desks; clean walls, etc. The scenes attest to the post-coup tranquility, which resulted from the imposition of a curfew, and from the efficiency of the DINACOS photography department. On the cover, in the colors of the Chilean flag, "yesterday" is printed in red and "today" in white. The schematized before/after organization of the book is a genuine manifesto of militarized graphic design, so clearly Manichean that it is not possible to doubt who the good guys are, nor what the bad guys may expect."--The Latin American Photobook
Very Good+; general wear; tender hinge; small area of soiling bottom of one page.