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    Pinhole: #LoveIsLove 2017
    June 27, 2017

    Members of the LGBT community participated this past Saturday in a parade through the streets of Zone 4 and Zone 1 of Guatemala City. Reportedly, nearly 25,000 showed up to support the LGBT community in their struggle for tolerance and …

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    The Plaza’s Photographers
    June 23, 2017

    Landmarks and photographers are always a good match because there’s always tourists who want their picture taken at a famous spot. Since the late 19th century, photographers have gone from using the old 4×5 to polaroid instant film to printed …

  • Doves fly around the fountain in "La Plaza de la constitución". Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
    Guatemala City’s Central Plaza
    June 22, 2017

    Smack in what is considered to be the bellybutton of Guatemala City lies its central plaza: a massive slab of concrete flanked by the National Palace to the north, the Cathedral of Guatemala City to the east, El Portal de …

  • Townspeople of Patzún wait fot the procession to exit the local Church. Photo: Monodelespacio
    Pinhole: Corpus in Patzún
    June 20, 2017

    The town of Patzún, located 47,5 kilometres west of Antigua, recently held their Corpus Christi celebrations, a Catholic observance commemorating the reality of the body and blood of Christ during the Eucharist. After the third mass of the day at …

  • Abner Rivera, 31, checks a surfboard in his home in El Paredón. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
    Great Stories from Around Guate
    June 19, 2017

    Over the past couple of months, we’ve been playing with Huawei’s new P10 cellphone to create some of our stories.  After using it for a while, we can honestly say that we highly recommend it. It’s truly a machine made …

  • Jesus Iboy, 37, tries a mask he is making to feel the fit. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
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    The Mask-Maker of Rabinal
    June 14, 2017

    Artisans tend to be a secretive bunch. Their most prized asset is their technique, so they keep their work mostly (sometimes even their line of work) to themselves. Such is the case of Jesus Iboy, a 37-year old mask-maker from …

  • Alex Pastor has been working for the last 15 years as a seller in this "Quinceañera store"
    Glimpse: El Guarda
    Santiago Billy
    June 9, 2017

    On the first week of June, Guatemalan markets celebrate the Day of the Tenant. This very particular holiday became a thing in 2002, after an executive order which kept the markets public was issued. Since then, all of the markets …

  • A family of worshipers during a clensing ceremony on the shores of Lake Chicabal. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
    Chicabal in Portraits
    Santiago Billy
    May 28, 2017

    Every year, a very special ritual takes place by Lake Chicabal, the water-filled crater of Volcán Chicabal. Hundreds of people gather on its shores forty days after Holy Week to pray for rain.

    The Mam Maya people of Guatemala believe …

  • Lucero Batres, 11, walks across the beach while Nery Batres surfs on the waves. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
    The Surfing Youth of El Paredón
    May 11, 2017

    When one thinks of Guatemala, one of the last things that one would image is surfing here. However, the way the waves pound the sand on the outskirts of El Paredón, a fishing village in Escuintla, makes it the perfect …

  • Carlos Chaclán poses for a portrait beside a wooden stool. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
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    Guatemala’s Clay Master
    Santiago Billy
    May 2, 2017

    An American writer once pointed out that there are two kinds of artists in the microcosm of sculpting. There are those who subtract, starting with a beautiful block of stone and chipping away until it results in some marvellous shape. …

  • A man in San Andrés Sajcabajá carries a wooden cross, his legs are tied with ancient shackles. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
    Looking Back at Semana Santa
    April 18, 2017

    Semana Santa in Guatemala, the Holy Week leading up to Easter, is unarguably one of Central America’s most well-known celebrations. The grand processions on top of all of the beautiful flower and sawdust carpets during this time of the year …

  • Faifull use colorful dresses in during the Holy Burial procession in Santiago Atitlán. Photo: Anna Watts/Comvite
    Pinhole: Jesus and Maximón Dance Together
    Anna Watts
    April 16, 2017

    Faces peer out of windows, doorways, rooftops and street corners. Feet line up almost every square foot of space available on the edges of Santiago Atitlán’s incense-infused cobbled streets. From great-grandparents to newborn babies, almost everyone has arrived to watch …