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Latin America and the Caribbean in Photographs at the Library of Congress

Digital Photography Collections

The Prints & Photographs Division has several collections of digital photography depicting Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently acquired, these collections are not yet fully organized or described and can only be viewed in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. These generally have "unprocessed" in their call number. To access  "unprocessed collections" listed below, please submit an online request form at least 14 days in advance to visiting the Prints & Photographs Reading Room.

André Cypriano (Brazil)

Native to São Paulo, Cypriano (b.1964) studied photography at City College of San Francisco. He photographs society and culture in South America and beyond. The Library of Congress has 256 digital photos by Cypriano depicting Brazil. They show the Instituto Penal Cândido Mendes, also known as the Caldeirão do Diabo or Devil’s Caldron, a prison on Ilha Grande near Rio de Janeiro; capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art; quilombolas, communities originally established by Africans who escaped slavery; favelas or shantytowns; and informal architecture.

Adalberto Ríos Szalay, Adalberto Ríos Lanz, & Ernesto Ríos Lanz (Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, & Nicaragua)

Mexican photographer and writer Adalberto Ríos Szalay (b.1943) teaches anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos in Mexico. He has traveled across Latin America and the world photographing society and culture with his two sons, Adalberto Ríos Lanz and Ernesto Ríos Lanz. The library has 2,285 digital photographs by Szalay and his sons. They depict Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, and Nicaragua.