Return Of The Maya



Latin America’s longest civil war ended in 1996. The peace accord between Guatemala’s conservative government and the Marxist guerrilla group the URNG brought an end to 36 years of conflict, with almost 150,000 people killed and another 50,000 still missing. Most of the victims were the Mayan people, who were brutally oppressed by both sides.

Magnum photographer, Thomas Hoepker visited Guatemala several times from 1991 onwards, and in “Return of the Maya”, he documented the Maya’s rediscovery of their magnificent culture and history. Of special concern was the Maya’s search through the killing fields for their dead, and of the rituals, both Catholic and Mayan, that are central to their culture and which has helped them begin to heal their emotional and societal wounds. Hoepker captured many aspects of this remarkable period of transition, and arranged them in an array of astonishing photographs that will disturb, enchant, and amaze.

£25.00 hardback
144 pages
286mm x 223mm
ISBN: 9781899235810

First UK edition. Published 1998