Skip to main content

Chinautla Photograph Collection

Identifier: Image Archive-Collection 38-(38)


  • c. 1880


Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Alberto G. Valdeavellano Cordero (1861-1928) began his photographic career as an apprentice in the studio of Emilio Herbruger, Senior, who started the first permanent photographic studio in Guatemala. In competition to Herbruger, an American named Walferstein set up shop, but soon sold it to Herbruger’s re-toucher, Edward J. Kildare, an American from San Francisco. Together Kildare and Valdeavellano, opened their own studio, the “Palace of Art,” circa 1880. Known for their fine portraits of the elite class of Guatemala City, they also specialized in portraits of Maya people living in various communities in the surrounding countryside. Later Valdeavellano published numerous postcards and illustrated various periodicals in the capital.


6 Photographic Prints ; 8 x 10 inches