Guatemala 1966: The Photography of L. Rupert Chambers

The Benson Latin American Collection presents Guatemala 1966: The Photography of L. Rupert Chambers. The exhibition will be on display in the first floor of the collection during library hours, from Tuesday, Feb. 20, through August 31, 2018.

Chambers presents a gallery talk at 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, at the Benson Latin American Collection, followed by a reception.

Rupert Chambers, an alumnus of LLILAS (the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies), writes, "In 1966, I was one of a small group of UT graduate students doing research in Guatemala. While there, I devoted my free time and perhaps a little more to taking hundreds of photographs of the people and the countryside of Guatemala. These images provide an intimate and authentic time capsule of life in Guatemala at an important juncture in its history. The people portrayed were on the cusp of a civil war that was not to end until 30 years later, in 1996. It would destroy more than 600 villages, cause 200,000 deaths, and displace 1.5 million people."

Chambers has donated a large collection of his photographs to the Nettle Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Photographs to be displayed in this exhibition were chosen by the artist.

Hours – The libary closes at 6 pm on Fridays, is closed on Saturdays, and opens from 2  to 8 pm on Sundays.

Photograph by L. Rupert Chambers

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:30am

Benson Latin American Collection, 1st floor gallery
2300 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712-1469

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, World & Culture


College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas Libraries

Target Audience

Students, Alumni, General Public


Free and open to the public

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