Luis González Palma: Il Silenzio dei Maya
Publisher: Milano (Milan): Peliti Associati, Photo&Co, 1998
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 112725
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gold on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Luis González Palma. Afterword (in Italian) by Laura Leonelli. Designed by Donatella Pistocchi and Fulvio Forleo. Unpaginated (90 pp., including 3 two-page gatefolds), with 70 four-color plates (most spanning two or more pages) gorgeously printed full-bleed on heavy coated paper by EBS, Verona, Italy. 9-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches.
Fine in Fine dust jacket (slight shelf wear).
A breathtaking presentation of the Guatemalan photographer's singular work, richly printed with deep blacks drenched in golden sepia and accented with the blinding whites of his subjects' eyes.
From an essay by Marge Bulmer: "González Palma declares that he tries 'to portray the soul of a people.' His portraits and images not only succeed in acknowledging his cultural heritage, they also communicate universal psychological overtones and contemporary sociological, political issues. Symmetrically organized, frontally posed, his portraits become still life that paradoxically reveal more, not less. The arrangement of his compositions have a quietude that convey an internal power, articulating strong emotions and evoking serious narratives. It is classically formal and echoes Victorian portraiture. The people fill the foreground, demanding attention. They are individuals and at the same time symbols. The objects become metaphors for life, death, resurrection, and other levels of abstraction."