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January 3, 2021

Everyday Life of Guatemala in the 1980s Through Amazing Black and White Photos

Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. It is the most populous country in Central America

Guatemala is a representative democracy; its capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la AsunciĆ³n, also known as Guatemala City

From 1960 to 1996, Guatemala endured a bloody civil war fought between the US-backed government and leftist rebels. Since a United Nations-negotiated peace accord, Guatemala has achieved both economic growth and successful democratic elections, although it continues to struggle with high rates of poverty, crime, drug trade, and instability.

Guatemala’s abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems includes many endemic species and contributes to Mesoamerica’s designation as a biodiversity hotspot.

These amazing photos were taken by Chilean photographer Marcelo Montecino that documented everyday life of Guatemala in the 1980s.

Chichicastenango melancholy, 1982

Chichicastenango child, 1982

Chichicastenango street scenes, 1984

Chichicastenango, 1982

Chichicastenango, 1982

Chichicastenango, 1982

Chichicastenango, 1982

Chichicastenango. Church of Santo Tomas, 1982

Chichicastenango. Devotions, 1982

Chichicastenango. Los Cofrades (Cofrades are the elders of a town and perform civil and religious duties), 1982

Chichicastenango. The chat, 1982

Chichicastenango. The consultation, 1982

Chichicastenango. The friends, 1982

Chichicastenango. The haircut, 1984

Chichicastenango. The market closes, 1984

Chichicastenango. The market closes, 1984

Chichicastenango. The preacher, 1984

Chichicastenango. Tipsy man walks home, 1982

Civil Defense Patrols, Guatemala, 1982

Civil Defense Patrols, Guatemala, 1984

Evangelicals in Guatemala, 1982

Farmer, Guatemala, 1982

Farmers, Guatemala, 1982

Garbage workers, Guatemala, 1987

Garbage workers, Guatemala, 1987

Garbage workers, Guatemala, 1987

Guatemala street scenes, 1982

Guatemala street scenes, 1986

Huehuetenango. Kaibiles, 1982

Indians killing Indians, Guatemala, 1982

Los Encuentros, Guatemala, 1982

Patron Saint's Day, Guatemala, 1982

Patron Saint's Day, Guatemala, 1982

Pavón Prison, Guatemala, 1984

Pavón Prison, Guatemala, 1984

Refugee camp, Ixil Triangle, Guatemala, 1984

Refugee camp, Ixil Triangle, Guatemala, 1984

Refugees, Ixil Triangle, Guatemala, 1984

Refugees, Ixil Triangle, Guatemala, 1984

Refugees, Ixil Triangle, Guatemala, 1984

Rural school, Guatemala, 1982

The beauty, Guatemala, 1984

The funeral, Guatemala, 1984

The gossip, Guatemala, 1984

The occupied village, Guatemala, 1982

The occupied village, Guatemala, 1982

The occupied village, Guatemala, 1982

The portrait, Guatemala, 1982




1 comment:

  1. That was a pretty rough time in their history. A lot more smiling faces now but still tough to eke out a meager existence in this beautiful but poor country. Lake Atitlan, colonial town of Antigua, Mayan Ruins in Tikal and Market Day in Chi Chi all make for a nice introduction to Guatemala.

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