América Latina, 1960 - 2013 Photographs

Luis Camnitzer, Olivier Compagnon, Alfonso Morales


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.


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.


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


Luis Camnitzer

Text By

Luis Camnitzer is an artist, professor, and curator who taught at New York University from 1969 to 2000.

Olivier Compagnon

Text By

Olivier Compagnon is a professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris 3—Sorbonne Nouvelle and is editor of the journal Cahiers des Amériques Latines.

Alfonso Morales

Text By

Alfonso Morales Carrillo is the director of the review Luna Córnea, published by the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico, and also the curator of photography collections for the Televisa Foundation in Mexico City.