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América Latina, 1960 - 2013


Luis Camnitzer (Text by), Olivier Compagnon (Text by), Alfonso Morales (Text by)

Logo markA Thames & Hudson book


A new perspective on Latin American photography from 1960 to today, complete with arresting images and engaging texts

Distributed on behalf of the Fondation Cartier, Paris

Bringing together more than seventy artists from eleven different countries, América Latina 1960– 2013 shows great diversity in photographic practices by presenting the work of Latin American photographers from the 1960s to today who appropriate the medium in different ways. This unique presentation will provide the reader with the opportunity to delve into the history of the continent and to rediscover the works of major artists rarely exhibited in Europe.

The exhibition América Latina will cover the period from 1960—the year following the Cuban revolution—to today. In many Latin American countries, this period has been marked by political and economic instability, and has seen a succession of revolutionary movements and repressive military regimes, the emergence of guerrilla movements, as well as transitions toward democracy. During the era covered by the exhibition, many Latin American artists increasingly sought to escape media specificity by bringing texts and photographic images together in their work.

Including over 400 black-and-white and color reproductions, this accompanying catalog explores the wealth of photographic work while shedding light on the historical and artistic context that spawned it. In addition to scholarly texts and artist bios, descriptions of works and a detailed timeline provide a deeper understanding of the visual languages specific to the continent.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • May 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-500-97059-1
  • 8 × 11.6 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Presents incredibly diverse perspectives of 70 artists who use the common ground of photography to expose and dissect a tumultuous half-century of modern history.” — TIME LightBox

“Expansive . . . highlights photographic responses to political unrest in Latin America during the past half-century. . . . Insightful essays tie together the work by theme and style.” — Publishers Weekly

“Cameras in Latin America seem to attract words similarly. This book is alive with them. . . . Luis Camnitzer . . . contributes an illuminating essay.” — BOOKFORUM

“A powerful collection.” — L’oeil de la Photographie

“Tries to answer . . . what it means to be Latin American in today’s globalised world, and what it means to make work that is distinctly Latin American, with a focus on graphics, memory and text.” — Photo-Eye

“This impeccably orchestrated, beautifully designed exhibition catalogue depicts a vital period of political upheaval and social instability in Latin America. . . . This volume reminds readers of the power of art, which can be both mouthpiece and magnifying glass for profound social justice. . . . Highly recommended.” — Choice

“Covers work from an entire embattled region over a half century. . . . Some of the tactics employed by conceptual artists are put to more pointed uses, for example Johanna Calle’s gelatin silver prints, entirely blank but for a typed caption at the bottom. . . . The blurry snapshots mounted on notebook paper with scrawled captions by Marcelo Brodsky look like the evocations of childhood that they are, but with a violent recoil: Their subjects, friends of the photographer, were “disappeared” by the Argentine junta in the late 1970s.” — The New York Times Book Review