New York Times


Players of the C.S.D. Xejuyup football team from a village in southern Guatemala play in traditional shirts and skirts. They do not belong to any official league, but play regularly against other amateur teams in the region. At a first glimpse it appears to be a tourist attraction, but, in fact, it has a deeper socio-political background. During the Guatemalan civil war between 1960 and 1996, the Maya represented 80% of the 200,000 deaths. For a long time, the Mayan culture in Guatemala was suppressed. The introduction of traditional, colourful Mayan clothing as the team’s uniform is a new way of expressing their pride and their unique indigenous identity and culture.

Camera & Lens

Leica M (Typ 240) / Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph / Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 mm Asph


Daniele Volpe

Daniele Volpe (born 1981 in Italy) is a documentary photographer based in Guatemala. His work is dedicated to questions of human rights and social justice in Latin America. His pictures have been published in GEO Magazin, Stern, National Geographic Proof, TIME LightBox, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera America, among others.

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