Title: Guatemala, Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny
Photographer(s): Jean-Marie Simon
Writer(s): Jean-Marie Simon, LucasGarcia, Rios Montt, Majia Victores,
Designer(s): Katy Homans, Jody Hanson
Publisher(s): WW Norton & Co. Inc. New York,U.S.A., London, England
Size: 21,5 x 25,5 cm
Print: Dai Nippon Printing, Tokyo, Japan
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Guatemala,1980-1987
For twenty years government repression in Guatemala has been the most insidious and the least acknowledged in the western hemisphere. Virtually every Guatemalan has lost friends, relatives, or colleagues. There have been some 100,000 killings and 40,000 "disappearances." Still, Guatemala remains anonymous, overlooked by much of the press, and its troubles denied outright by the United States government. For the past six years, Jean-Marie Simon has been photographing people and reporting events from this hauntingly beautiful and remote land. Her text and pictures tell the story of a people imprisoned, particularly the Mayan Indians, whose lives have been so torn apart by political strife. This is a beautiful book; yet at the same time it is incredibly disturbing in its portrayal of a civilization violated by the army, police, and paramilitary government forces.
Jean-Marie Simon lived and worked in Guatemala as a photojournalist between 1980 and 1988, a period of extreme violence and brutality in the country. Jean-Marie ‘s donated 1,000 copies of this book to schools and universities in Guatemala, to keep the truth of what happened alive.
A book in which she talks about life and work in one of the most dangerous times in Guatemala.