Jean-Marie Simon

Jean-Marie Simon is a former consultant at Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Her photographs have appeared in Time, Geo, and many other publications. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard University Law School. In 2010 Simon won an Open Society Institute Audience Grant to partner with the Guatemalan Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala and Estudio A2 to create a newspaper supplement and a multi-lingual DVD based on her book Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny, which documents the height of Guatemala’s civil war in the 1980s.

"Jean-Marie Simon's Guatemala is a country in which history, cultural diversity, exotic beauty, and cruelty are reflected on the faces of its Indian peasants, its soliders, its politicians, its protesters and its mourners. She has recorded that Guatemala knowledgably, faithfuly and lovingly, and with the skill and eye of an artist behind her camera." 

Jean-Marie's book, Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny, was first published by W.W. Norton & Company in 1988. The book was published in Spanish as Guatemala: Eterna Primavera, Eterna Tiranía in 2010. 

Aryeh Neier, former Executive Director of Human Rights and President of the Open Society Institute.


Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny© 2010 Jean-Marie Simon

Guatemala: Eterna Primavera, Eterna Tiranía© 2010 Jean-Marie Simon

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