Forty years ago in Chile, General Augusto Pinochet and his military overthrew President Salvador Allende; today, even after the Chilean transition to democracy and Pinochet’s death, tensions remain. Here’s a look at Jon Lowenstein’s photos in the week leading up to Chile’s 2013 Presidential elections: http://nyr.kr/1fHIWWx
Top: Ana Gonzalez points to her late husband, Manuel Recabarren, in the only surviving picture of the couple with their six children.
Bottom-Left: A gallery of small black-and-white photographs of the disappeared, which hangs on a wall that spans the second and third floors of the Museum of Memory and Human Rights.
Bottom-Right: Ana Gonzalez, pictured in her home in Santiago.
Photographs by Jon Lowenstein.
Chile | September 11, 2013
1. Demonstrators hold up images of their relatives, who were victims of human rights abuse during the former Gen. Augusto Pinochet years, while carrying flowers with pictures of former Chilean President Salvador Allende in front of La Moneda Presidential Palace during a rally in Santiago. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)
2. A child lies on the grass as he holds up a flag printed with a portrait of Salvador Allende during a rally in Santiago. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)
3. A man wearing a small photograph of Salvador Allende tucked into his suit carries a carnation during march outside La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago. (Luis Hidalgo/AP)
4. A boy lights a candle during a candlelight vigil in the dressing rooms of the National Stadium in Santiago. The stadium served as a detention and torture center in the early years of the military dictatorship. (Luis Hidalgo/AP)
Life under Pinochet : Chile 40 Years On
‘The day we buried our freedom’ — Isabel Allende
On September 11, 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power in a U.S.-backed coup that deposed the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, who committed suicide rather than surrender and led to 17 years of military rule.
- In commemoration of the anniversary, the collaborative project “Chile from within,” edited by the Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, is being released in a digital edition. Originally published in 1990 and now out of print, the book compiled the previously unseen work of sixteen Chilean photographers, who documented their experience during this tumultuous era. Meiselas’s project provided them with a medium to share their own experiences, previously suppressed by the government. (more)
- Photojournalist Julio Etchart spent the 70s and 80s documenting Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile and, by “keeping a low profile and my head down”, he says he was able to capture much of the rising resistance on camera. In memory of his victims, Amnesty International UK is hosting an updated version of Julio’s 1988 exhibition Chile’s 9/11 at the Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch, London, on weekdays from 9-20 September. (more)
Chile today, “Parque Por La Paz”
Photos by Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
- Pictures of victims of human rights abuse are displayed before a ceremony to commemorate 40 years of the military coup at the “Parque Por La Paz” (Park for Peace) on the grounds of the former Villa Grimaldi torture center in Santiago, September 10, 2013. On Sept. 11 Chile will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the coup that toppled Salvador Allende and brought dictator Pinochet to power.
- A relative of a victim of human rights abuses touches a memorial wall for people who disappeared during a ceremony to commemorate 40 years of the military coup at the “Parque Por La Paz” (Park for Peace) on the grounds of the former Villa Grimaldi torture center in Santiago, September 10, 2013.
A man stands in front of a graffiti reading ‘40 years after, the fight continues’ during a demonstration in Santiago on September 8, 2013, in remembrance of late President (1970-1973) Salvador Allende, who died on September 11, 1973 during the military coup d’etat led by general Augusto Pinochet. On September 11 Chile will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the coup that toppled Salvador Allende and brought dictator Pinochet to power.
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A demonstrator holds a book written by Chilean former president Salvador Allende in front of an anti-riot vehicle during the National March for the Education in Santiago de Chile on Sept. 5, 2013. Thousands of students and teachers took to the streets to demand free and qualitative public education and to finish with the legacy of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.
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Students clash with riot police during a protest to demand Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s government an intensive educational reform and to break with other legacies of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), in Santiago, on September 5, 2013.
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Riot police arrest a student during a protest to demand Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s government an intensive educational reform and to break with other legacies of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), in Santiago, on September 5, 2013.
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Photograph by Sergio Larrain—Magnum
For a man who worked professionally for barely more than ten years, Sergio Larrain, who died in 2012, had a disproportionately large impact on photography. The author of four books, he is widely considered Chile’s finest lensman, though he became something of a recluse later in life.
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