The Silence of the Gaze. Photographs by Luis González Palma.Text by Laura Leonelli. Peliti Associati, Verona, 1998. 86 pp. Quarto. First English edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous color illustrations.
This haunting collection of the works of Guatemalan photographer Luis Gonzáles Palma is the first to match his richly handworked masterpieces with superb printing and production. A classic design with full-page bleeds, gatefolds, and rich black paper.
"Luis González Palma is best known for his strange, quiet portraits of the Mayan and mestizo women in his native Guatemala. There is a contradictory quality to many of these portraits. The subjects are women who belong to cultures that have been marginalized, yet the photographs have a distinctly European…almost a Victorian…appearance. Even when dressed in their native clothing, the subjects are often posed in a way that negates their nativeness. Despite that, the faces of the subjects often seem to be challenging the viewer, as if they’re proclaiming their refusal to disappear totally...
His body of work has been described as existing on both 'the bright and dark sides of reason.' I’m not at all sure what that means, but it seems somehow appropriate. It’s clear González Palma’s photography extends into the realm of metaphor. There is more to his photographs than what appears in his photographs."--Greg Fallis, Utata Tribal Photography