El Salvador (ref 53) limited stock
Exhibition poster from ‘El Salvador’ collection by various photographers shown at Side Gallery 11 August-9 October 1983.
(A2 420mm x 594mm)
In 1983 thirty international photojournalists covering the civil war in El Salvador contributed to a book and exhibition aimed at raising awareness of what was happening. The country had been ruled by a repressive military dictatorship for years, but a coup d’etat in 1979 led to a 12 year civil war. The assassination of Archbishop Romero and the murder of three US nuns and a lay worker drew international attention, events that figure strongly in the exhibition.
It opens up, however, on a much wider picture: the daily lives of the campesinos; military training and deployments, executions and massacres; the work of the death squads; the lives of the guerrillas and the liberated zone.
Text: People at the funeral of Monsignor Romero trying to escape being trampled to death after army troops fired into the crowd of mourners (Harry Mattison)