The Colombian Conflict through Stephen Ferry’s Lens
Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict is the title of an upcoming book featuring the decade-long photographic work of Stephen Ferry that documents Colombia’s continuing internal conflict.
Composed of dramatic photographs backed by extensive research, the book also includes essays written by fellow Violentologists Gonzalo Sánchez (National University of Colombia in Bogotà), one of the foremost historians of the country’s violence, and María Teresa Ronderos, an influential investigative journalist and editor of the newsweekly Semana.
Via The New Yorker:
For the past ten years, the photographer Stephen Ferry has working on what he calls a “collective photographic record of the Colombian conflict.” The long-running internal unrest in Colombia, he warns, isn’t just a product of the drug wars, but “involves a baffling array of actors: The Colombian Armed Forces, supported by the United States, two guerrilla armies, and a host of right-wing paramilitary militias and criminal gangs.” Ferry’s project, which brings historical information and images together with his own landscapes of Colombia and portraits of its people, is currently on display at Umbrage gallery, and will be the focus of his upcoming book, “Violentology.”
Image: FARC Camp, Jungles of Caquetá, near San Vicente del Caguán. August 8, 2000. Via The New Yorker.