Size: 13x18 cm
Prologue by Rafael Roa
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Javier Arcenillas’s work documents violence, inequality, injustice and destitution primarily in Latin America but also in other silenced corners of the world. The main characters in his photographs are the weak, the disowned and all of those who struggle on a daily basis to survive. This book brings together images of workers breaking up boats, abandoned refugees, amateur boxers, garbage collectors in dumps and members of armed gangs among other subjects.
Since 2006 he has been working on an essay about violence in Central America. His photographs document pain, desperation, impotence and fear. His first works to gain recognition were Sicarios (“Hitmen”) and Nota roja (“Red note”), both installments of his trilogy about death in El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, followed by Latidoamérica, its final part, the focus of which shifts to the tales of the victims of the indiscriminate violence prevalent in Honduran society. A number of these photographs have appeared in these countries’ newspapers.
The group of photographs included in this book goes a long way to define Arcenillas’s work: striking images with a precise narrative discourse stir powerful emotions in the viewer. Shooting in black and white, making use of the close-up to introduce his scenes and playing with only partially focused subjects he arrives at his individual and feisty vision.