Luis González Palma.
Text by Rosina Cazali.
La Fabrica, 2011. 112 pp., Illustrated throughout, 5¼x7".
The rich sepia tone of a photograph by Luis
González Palma (born 1957) is unmistakable: he
colors his prints by hand but always leaves the
whites of his portrait subject’s eyes untinted to
elicit a disconcerting but penetrating gaze.
Working from Guatemala City since the 1980s,
and exhibiting internationally since about 1989,
Palma has made his long-term project the documentation
of his country’s indigenous Mayan
population, which governmental policy has ferociously
repressed during the last half-century.
Often collaged with symbols and objects, Palma’s
pictures act as records of a population for whom
violence and mysticism coexist. Colloquia, a more
recent project, gathers portraits of Guatemalan
artists as part of a larger effort to establish a
museum for contemporary Guatemalan art.
PHotoBolsillo’s introduction to Palma’s work surveys
over two decades of his highly romantic and
politically urgent photography.