Procession on Holy Saturday. Antigua, 2014.

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Waiting to provide DNA samples. Nebaj, 2014.

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Traveling back to Covadonga. Chajul, 2014.

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Rabinal, 2014.

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A man sleeps on the sidewalk. Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala. February 19, 2015.

A man sleeps on the sidewalk. Antigua, 2015.

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Rabinal, 2017.

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Santa Cruz la Laguna, 2014.

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Nebaj. 2014.

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Zaragoza, Chimaltenango, 2014.

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Morning scene in Nebaj's central square. Nebaj is a town in the Guatemalan highlands and one of the three municipalities where Ixil Mayans live. This was the hardest hit area during the civil war as counterinsurgency measures meant eradicating entire vill

Nebaj, 2016.

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Trash collectors & CR7. Antigua, 2015.

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Mass grave exhumation. Cotzal, 2014.

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Pacux, Rabinal. 2016.

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Scene in front of Rabinal's Catholic church. Rabinal, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. May 15, 2014.

Rabinal, 2014.

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Antigua, 2015.

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El Estor, 2016.

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Mass grave burial. Estrella Polar, Chajul, 2014.

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A woman walks with a boy towards a school as they pass a house made of tin sheets. San Lucas, Sacatepequez, Guatemala. May 14, 2015.

San Lucas, Sacatepequez, 2015.

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Antigua, 2015.

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Rooftop under construction. Santa Juan la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala. September 9, 2014.

San Juan la Laguna, 2014.

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Antigua, 2014.

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Mass grave burial. Estrella Polar, Chajul, 2014.

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Dekernelling corn. Rincón Grande, Zaragoza, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. February 27, 2014.

Zaragoza, Chimaltenango, 2014.

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Coban, 2015.

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Macondo Ain't Nothin'


There is a phrase used among photojournalist colleagues here in Guatemala that states "Macondo no es nada!" (Macondo Ain't Nothin'). Usually, when used, there is no need to explain further, but simply sigh and realize that another one of those all-too-common tragicomedy events just took place. Living and working in Guatemala often makes real life more unbelievable that the magic realism used by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his fictional Macondo.

 

This is an ongoing iPhonegraphy project in Black and White documenting the stark contrasts in this tiny Central American nation where a lengthy war has made the absurd seem the norm.


Project Status:

Ongoing from 2013-2017.


Won 1st place in 2015 POY Latin America contest for "Story with a phone camera".


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