GONZALES PALMA, Luis
Luis Gonzalés Palma is a modernist Guatemalan photographer born in 1957. He studied architecture and cinematography at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, and then later turned to photography. His work has been exhibited since 1989 to present in more than 58 expositions throughout America and Europe and is part of the major institutions (Art Institute of Chicago, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris).
He is of mixed "mestizo" background, focusing particularly on the indigenous Mayas and the mestizo people of Guatemala. His photographs often raise awareness of cultural issues and symbolism is the main key in his body of work. Gonzalés Palma's early works combined symbolism from both Catholicism and indigenous beliefs, creating portraits of Mayans that are related to fundamental matters such as identity, belonging and human relations. His unique technique of leaving the whites of the subjects' eyes un-tinted in the sepia-toned photographs intensifies the gaze, and perhaps "portrays their souls".