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Monday, 30 July 2018

Marcelo Montecino: Broken hidalgo (Security, Colombia)

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Carcel Modelo? Bogota 80 | by Marcelo  Montecino 

Carcel Modelo? Bogota 80: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 June 2005

Homeless near Tequendama, Bogota 80 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Broken hidaldo, Bogota | by Marcelo  Montecino

Broken hidalgo, Bogota, 1980: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 23 March 2005

Untitled-Bogota, 78 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Untitled-Bogota, 78: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 30 March 2005

M19 Guerrilla, Bogota, 1980 | by Marcelo  Montecino

M19 Guerilla, Bogota, 1980: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 June 2005

M19 Guerrilla Celebrating Agreement, Bogota, Colombia 80 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Security, Bogota, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Security, Bogota, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 22 August 2012

Cops, Bogota Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino


After the Fight, Bogota, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 September 2005

Bogota, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Bogota, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 September 2005

Bogota, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Cops, Bogota, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 February 2005

M19 guerrillas, Dominican Embassy, Bogota, 1980 -1 | by Marcelo  Montecino

M19 Guerillas, Dominican Embassy, Bogota, 1980-1: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 7 April 2016

M19 Guerillas, Dominican Embassy, Bogota 80 | by Marcelo  Montecino

M19 guerrillas, Dominican Embassy, Bogota, 1980 | by Marcelo  Montecino

M19 Guerillas, Dominican Embassy, Bogota, 1980: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 17 June 2015

Mariachi in the bullring, Bogota, 1976 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Mariachi in the bullring, Bogota, 1976: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 9 March 2017

Cali, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Photographer, Cali, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 February 2005

Medellin, 1978, 2Scan-150207-0004 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Burdel, Medellin,  1978, +3 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Burdel, Medellin,1978, +3 1976: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 June 2015

House on Xmas, Medellin,  78 | by Marcelo  Montecino

House on Xmas, Medellin, 78: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 29 August 2014

Xmas in the House in Medellin, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Christmas in the House in Medellin, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 30 March 2005

Christmas in the House in Medellin, Colombia 78 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Christmas in the House in Medellin, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 30 March 2005

Christmas in the House in Medellin, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino
   
Christmas in the House in Medellin, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 30 March 2005

Untitled-Medellin, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Untitled - Medellin, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 30 March 2005

Medellín, Colombia, 1997 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Medellin, Colombia, 1997: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 22 November 2007

Divorce Street, Bogota, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Divorce Street, Bogota, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 27 February 2005

Streetkids, Bogotá, Colombia, 78 | by Marcelo  Montecino

 Streetkids, Bogotá, Colombia 78: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 16 August 2014

Gamines, Bogota, Colombia, 1977 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Gamines, Bogotá, Colombia, 1977: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 9 March 2017

Lonely in Bogotá, Colombia 77 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Lonely in Bogotá, Colombia 77: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 16 August 2014

Gamines (street Kids) Bogota, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Gamines (street Kids) Bogotá, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 16 August 2014 

Street Kids (gamines), Bogota, Colombia, 1977 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Street Kids (gamines), Bogotá, Colombia, 1977: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 10 May 2017

Gamines (street kids), Bogota, Colombia, 1978 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Gamines (street Kids) Bogotá, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 10 May 2017

Beaten boy, Bogota. 78 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Beaten boy, Bogota. 78: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 30 March 2005

Carcel Modelo, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino

Carcel Modelo, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 11 February 2015

Carcel Modelo, Bogota, 1980,,,, 322776622mm-29m | by Marcelo  Montecino

Carcel Modelo, Bogota, 1980,,,, 322776622mm-29m: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 21 November 2013

Carcel Modelo, Bogota, Col. 1980 | by Marcelo  Montecino

Olvidados, Bogota, Colombia | by Marcelo  Montecino
 
Olvidados, Colombia: photo by Marcelo Montecino, 13 May 2016

Colombian journalists say death threats reflect 'ugly' climate since presidential election: Journalists say ‘dangerous new atmosphere’ has emerged since Iván Duque, a fierce opponent of the peace process, won election: Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian, 29 July 2018


María Jimena Duzán of the weekly magazine Semana was threatened on Twitter with a message urging she be “raped, spat upon, chopped up with a chainsaw and hung in the Plaza de Bolívar” – the main square in the capital, Bogotá.
 
Minutes after the threat was sent, the account which posted it and the IP address were closed.
 
Duzan said threats to her and other journalists have escalated since the election of conservative Iván Duque, a protégé of former president Álvaro Uribe – who viscerally opposes the peace deal with the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Farc. Duque, who will be sworn in on 7 August, has vowed to “overhaul” the peace accord.
 
Threats were also made against Jineth Bedoya Lima of El Tiempo newspaper, and Yolanda Ruiz, Jorge Espinosa and Juan Pablo Latorre of RCN radio.
 
Threats were also sent to La Silla Vacia – a website service reporting on the peace process brokered by the outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos.

Bedoya and Silla Vacia both received leaflets declaring them as “military objectives” and signed by the “Black Eagles” – a name often used by the country’s far-right paramilitary groups.

Duzán’s sister Silvia, also a journalist, was murdered by paramilitaries in 1990 while making a documentary for Britain’s Channel 4 on peasant organisations working for peace.
Her killers have never been brought to justice and her case became a symbol of the impunity which has characterized attacks on the country’s journalists and activists.
 
The threats come amid a string of attacks on social, indigenous and land rights leaders and efforts to restore land to rural families displaced by the rebels – or more commonly by paramilitaries working for large landowners and drug cartels. Since the peace accord was signed in August 2016, more than 150 activists and community leaders have been murdered.

“The paramilitaries feel emboldened by the change in government,” said Duzán.
 
Duque’s electoral victory was largely due to the support by Uribe, who led a fierce military campaign against the Farc, but has been dogged by allegations of human rights abuses and associations with paramilitaries. His brother Santiago is currently awaiting trial for allegedly running his own death squad.
 
Earlier this week, Uribe announced his resignation from the senate after he was called to testify in a supreme court investigation over allegations of witness tampering, but his influence remains formidable. It was largely thanks to his efforts that the peace deal was initially rejected by Colombian voters in a 2016 referendum.
 
“Uribe’s position against the core of the implentation of the peace process was part of the speeches that won the elections. Uribistas are stigmatizing the voices that back the peace process. It’s has become a sin to say that you are for the peace process. Automatically you become someone sinister,” Duzán said.

Duzán warned that without action by the Colombian authorities, the country risked a return to the dark days racked by all-out war between guerrillas, cartels, paramilitaries and the state.

She said: “I want to see a stop to this now. We cannot go back to those days when my sister and so many, many others were murdered for what they did. Colombia has moved on since then – there’s no going back to that nightmare.”
 
Bedoya was herself targeted, kidnapped and raped by paramilitaries in 2000, and then abducted by Farc rebels in 2003.
 
Her response to the most recent threats was characteristically forthright: “My life is governed by only one thing: journalism. And that is what I will continue to do regardless of ideologies and political convictions,” she wrote on Twitter. “To those who threatened me yesterday: line up because the list is long.”
 
President-elect Duque responded to the threats on Twitter, saying: “We reject any type of threat to freedom of the press and expression. All our support and accompaniment to MJ Duzan, threats, attacks and violent deaths must end in Colombia.”
 
But the threats to reporters have come all too common in Colombia, according to the Foundation for the Freedom of the Press, which reported 59 cases of threats to local reporters during 2015, 90 during 2017 and 89 so far in 2018.

The EconomistVerified account @TheEconomist 
Juan Manuel Santos leaves Colombia a better place than he found it
Sorry, never used this word before on twitter but: ¡BULLSHIT! With his approval rating at 14%, an economy in shambles, record Cocaine production, 80% of FARC not complying, new criminal gangs flourishing and FARC Kingpins still trafficking #Cocaine: BULLSHIT! #Colombia
Tweet via O. Bula Escobar, 26 July 2018

Medellin, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven

 Medellin, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 25 January 2018

Medellin, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven

Medellin, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 19 May 2017

Bogota, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven
  
Bogota, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 2 April 2017

Bogota, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven
  
Bogota, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 2 April 2017

Bogota, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven
  
Bogota, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 2 April 2017

Medellin, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven

Medellin, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 25 March 2017

Medellin, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven

Medellin, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 25 March 2017

Medellin, Colombia 2017 | by Kristian Leven

Medellin, Colombia 2017: photo by Kristian Leven, 25 March 2017



My dad not wanting to leave his home. I lost my house 9 months ago...Support each other, love each other.. the smallest kindness can give someone the strength to make it through the day. Prayers for California #riverfire #ranchfire #MendocinoComplexFire: image via Alice Santana @aliisantana90, 29 July 2018 



Looking east to Cow mountain and Lakeport. Wind is up. #MendocinoComplex.: image via Nancy French Johnson @NancyFJohnson, 29 July 2018


#RiverFire from Southern Ukiah: image via Caroline K @NutDeKoko, 28 July 2018


#MendocinoComplex has devoured almost 25,000 acres and eight residences.: image via Kym Kemp @@KymKemp, 29 July 2018 
 


#RiverFire [update] off Old River Road, near Mile Marker Post 7.9, Hopland (Mendocino County) is now 6,000 acres and 2% contained. #RiverFire is now part of the #MendocinoComplex: image via CAL FIRE @CAL_FIRE, 28 July 2018

Multiple fires across California stretch resources thin; Redding seeks more firefighters

Homes destroyed near Redding: photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2018

2 comments:

Wooden Boy said...

These Montecino photo make for an invaluable history of South America.

It seems the ghosts of the generals will not be exorcised.

TC said...

Thanks very much, Duncan. That is what the Montecino work provides, that otherwise largely lost history. It is what he intended, and what he made. There's nothing quite like it. Certainly such a career would be very hard to understand from where we now are.

A few facts. Chilean diplomatic family. Youth and university in the US (BA, and a master's in art theory). Back home to Chile, and then two decades of close observation of the rise and fall of the dictatorship (his brother Christian, also a photographer, got close enough to see what was going on, but a bit too close, and was murdered for his trouble). Much of the Colombian work comes from that same time. Sometimes he worked as a translator and interpreter for the OAS and the UN, which helps account for the extraordinary access that made some of his historical shots possible. During the same period he also covered popular struggles and revolutionary movements in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, traversed the mountains and jungles and cities and villages of Mexico and Bolivia and Peru, always learning, trying to understand, and always taking pictures, and gradually in thus wise built up what now amounts to the single most impressive visual record of modern political life across the Americas.

After the restoration of democracy in Chile his work becomes more personal, but because he was always working independently, there is an originality and consistency of method that persists and becomes deeper over the years. In this respect he stands alone as a photographic witness of his times, in his half of the planet.