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Finding aid for the Guatemalan Civil War press photographs 6232
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Description
A collection of 30 black and white press photographs of Guatemalan people impacted by the Guatemalan Civil War and the Guatemalan genocide, dating from the 1980s and 1990s. The images show indigenous life and customs, the impact of people being displaced, and Guatemalan people in refugee camps in Mexico. The photographs were shot by two different American photographers: Derrill Bazzy and Harvey Finkle. Several of the images have captions. For example, one caption (written on verso) notes: "2nd grade teacher in one of the Guatemalan refugee schools in Mexico. The teacher himself only has a third grade education, yet has studied more than anyone else in camp. Mexico. 1986." Another caption reads: "'prisoners' in feed line at (Nebag) army base, captured in the mountains and held for 2 months of questioning and re-education. Derrill Bazzy."
Background
In the 1980s, Derrill Bazzy was a photographer living in Guatemala, where he documented human rights violations against indigenous tribes. His work is included in the book: Rescatando Nuestra Memoria: Represión, Refugio y Recuperación de las Poblaciones Desarraigadas por la Violencia en Guatemala (2009 - F&G Editores). Commenting on his work, Bazzy said: "It was an education tool for the next generation to learn about what happened, that's why I took the photographs so people could have a record," he said in a newspaper interview. "I can't begin to say how terrible it was there... those photographs belong to them [the Guatemalan people] and having them as an archive is a wonderful opportunity." The Museum of Modern Art has holdings of Bazzy's work.
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0.21 Linear Feet 1 box
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of Special Collections at specol@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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