Los Restos de la Revoluci%C3%B3n

Kevin Kunishi. Daylight Books (daylightbooks.org), $34.95 (80p) ISBN 978-0-9832316-2-2
In 2009 and 2010, American photographer Kunishi traveled through the highlands of northern Nicaragua, site of some of the fiercest fighting in the 1980–1990 civil war between the Sandinista government and the U.S.-backed Contras. He presents a selection of color photos of the visible traces of that war. Some portray places, such as the eroded remains of a foxhole or the shattered ruins of a church. Others focus on physical objects: a tree branch that was used to suspend captives in a notorious prison; rusty pieces of land mines found by children at play; a fully operational Kalashnikov rifle unearthed from a hidden cache. The most affecting photographs reveal the faces of survivors. The captions are presented in a separate section from the photographs, encouraging the reader to initially view the images without explanatory text. In some cases this adds a grim irony, as when a lush, apparently peaceful forest clearing is revealed to be a helicopter crash site. However, some readers will see this arrangement as an inconvenience. Kunishi does not offer a narrative history of the war or a political analysis of its causes or outcomes, but his work reminds us of the human costs. Photos. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/05/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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