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CIRMA Collection of Mitchell Denburg Photographs

Identifier: Image Archive-Collection 12

Scope and Contents

1979-1982.  922 photographs of twentieth century city and country life in Guatemala, including activities of Maya people, coffee plantation workers, nineteenth century farm equipment, tradespeople, prostitutes, political parties, and scenes of Holy Week and church interiors.  A comprehensive collection guide is included with the collection.


  • 1979-1982


Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical or Historical Information

Mitchell Denburg was born January 20, 155 in Newark, New York.  He took up photography at the tender age of 11 years old.  Between 1972 and 1976, he studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As a study abroad student, he was able to spend a year traveling through the Middle East, Africa, and Europe to study with the likes of George Tice, Arnold Newman, Jerry Ulesman y Mitchel Smith.  During the 1970s and 1980s, Denburg photographed much of Latin America and the Caribbean and it was on a vacation trip to Guatemala in 1977 when the photographer fell in love with the country.  He moved to Antigua to work, live, and photograph the people and countryside.  With support from the Plumsock Fund Tulane University, Denburg was privileged to be able to document Guatemalan life and to continue this work with an affiliation at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) where he later founded CIRMA's photograph archive in Antigua, Guatemala.  In 1980, Denburg founded the Mitchell Denburg Collection.  From 1981 to 1985, Denburg traveled and photographed extensively for the Inter American Foundation based in Rosslyn, Virginia.  His work has been used to illustrate several publications by authors like Albert Herchman, Sheldom Annis and Steven Weber. He also produced a great many expositions in the United States, Guatemala, and Europe.   and traveled and photographed extensively for the Inter American Foundation based in Rosslyn, Virginia. It was during these trips for the foundation that Mitchell was exposed to hundreds of grassroots development projects. Mitchell’s photographic works are housed in The CIRMA Photographic Achieve, Tulane University Latin American Archive, and many private collections.  While he continues to work in photography and at his varied business interests, his main focus has become his role as the President of the New Roots Foundation. Mitchell is also an advocate for the private and public forestry industry in Guatemala, and is himself responsible for the planting of over 600,000 trees in his adopted country.


922.00 Pieces

6.00 Linear Feet

3.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

16 Hollinger boxes


CIRMA Collection of Mitchell Denburg Photographs
Photograph Collection 12, Image Archive, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor
Tulane University
New Orleans Louisiana 70118 US
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