In 2004 Frederike Helwig was assigned by an American glossy to cover a story about American real estate development in Nicaragua. US involvement in Nicaragua’s economical and political affairs dates back to 1855, when William Walker and 58 fellow Americans arrived in Granada and captured the town. Helwig landed in Managua and travelled to San Juan del Sur where she met and photographed American real estate developers at their gated communities and private beaches. Afterwards, she stayed in Granada and one afternoon, walked around the town and took a portrait of every person she encountered who agreed to be photographed. The magazine didn’t find what they wanted in Helwig’s photographs and recommissioned the feature with another photographer. Now, ‘Rundgang’ brings together the two sets of images: Helwig’s portraits in Granada and her record of a burgeoning US property industry located in Central America. Helwig’s use of the camera to connect with individuals over a few short hours sits in tension with the political and economic forces which have had a significant influence on Nicaragua’s history and continue to shape it’s future.

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Here Press, London, 2017
Edition of 500
Includes an extract from ‘Nicaragua Water Fire’ (‘Nicaragua Agua Fuego’) by Gioconda Belli
Printed offset litho on coated FSC paper
Sewn in sections without cover
Dust jacket
300 x 240mm, 124pp
94 colour photographs