Photographs and Notes from Colombia and the Americas

photography · environment · social issues · politics

Paul Mark Smith ~ photographer

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Rojo · Azul · Amarillo

El río colorado fluye hacia… ?

Colombia sigue marchando después de más de un mes del Paro Nacional. El gobierno está arrinconado, y el proyecto del Uribismo puro está herido a morir. A quién le conviene más que el paro sigue? A quién le conviene más los desmanes y la percepción de inseguridad e incertidumbre que ésas siembran entre el público? Todo se resuelve en las urnas en las elecciones de 2022. Hay muchos integrantes del gobierno y sus aliados que tienen todo que perder.

Viene pronto – analysis; opinion; fotografías.


“Eternamente Medellín” · Colombia 1995 ~ present
Community leaders and activists under threat · Colombia
2016 ~ present
“Fragments from a Perennial War” · Colombia 1995 ~ 2017
Clippings · Published Work
Photos from elsewhere · Europe, Africa, and India
Under Grey Skies · 1980s 1990s Britain
Examining roots, memory and place ~ somewhere & nowhere

Fragments from a Perennial War · Prisoners or Hostages?

June 2001

Hundreds of Colombian troops are released from guerrilla captivity to great fanfare. Most had been held captive for two or three years after being captured in combats with FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), and the guerrillas were putting on a big show for the community, the national and international media, and their own. A downpour ruined the gran finale and the whole event seemed to evaporate in a instant. Months later the peace process between the Conservative government of Andres Pastrana and FARC guerrillas would do the same…