Metamorphosis: Guerrillas in Search of Peace is an intimate photo record of the last days of one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most notorious guerrilla groups, the FARC in Colombia, South America.
Photojournalist Malcolm Linton followed the guerrillas as they emerged from hidden camps in the jungle after a historic peace treaty with the government in 2016 and began a complex journey to rejoin mainstream society.
Published in Colombia in 2019, Metamorphosis consists of 69 full-page black and white images printed in tri-tone and has parallel texts in Spanish and English. It is a key resource on the Colombian conflict, Latin American insurgency in general, and peace initiatives worldwide.
The images offer a unique vision of day-to-day life among the FARC together with a haunting mix of optimism, euphoria, nostalgia, anxiety and disillusion. The book presents the rebels as people, much like other Colombians, and very different from the monsters depicted for decades by the country’s mainstream media.
Linton is known for his work on conflict and human rights issues worldwide for magazines such as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Der Stern and Paris Match. His previous book, Tomorrow is a Long Time, about HIV/AIDS in Tijuana, Mexico, was published by Daylight Books in 2015.
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