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Portrait of indigenous Guatemalans
6 x 7 1/2 in (15.2 x 19 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Oct 15, 2007, #2124, Lot 49)
Although photographers were active in Central America as early as 1843, very few of the photographs taken before 1875 survive today.
William Fitzgibbon and his better-known brother John, a prominent American daguerreotypist, operated a studio in Guatemala in the late 1850s-early 1860s. In addition to photographing the people and architecture of Guatamala City, which is the subject of these prints, they also photographed Quetzaltenango and Antigua.