An advantage to being a professional photographer is to be a witness to history.
Such is the case with Juan Guzmán, who was born in Germany as Hans Gutmann Guster. He is best know for his iconic photos of the Spanish Civil War where he served on the Republican side and participated in history. But he also shot the 1936 Summer Olympics that Adolf Hitler put on as a propaganda show.
HIe loved Spain and adopted that country’s citizenship as he changed his name. But the Republicans lost, and he was exiled to México where he photographed individuals like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo. He also worked for the old Life Magazine that was known for its photos with impact and its sister publication Life en Español.
The EFE news agency purchased many of Guzman’s negatives. But so did the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. An academic there, Maricela González Cruz Manjarrez, is an expert on the photographerrrr, and she will be present tonight at 7 o’clock when an exhibit of the works is inaugurated at the Museo de Arte Costarricense in Parque la Sabana. The photos will be there until Jan. 10, the museum said.
The title is “El Instante Luminoso,” the same as a 2009 book by Dr. González. That seems to refer to the instant the photographer snaps the photo.