- A magnificent and haunting book of images on the secret plan of the South American dictatorships: pictures of relatives, of execution spots and torture chambers, or places where vanished people were last seen, and emotional faces of their mothers, fathers, children and lovers.
- A heartfelt epitaph for people who's lives were expunged secretly, their bodies disappeared, and at times, the fact of their very existences left in doubt. Here too are a few of the Condor's murderers, once-powerful men who look fixedly at their hands or else down at the ground instead of at the photographer.
- In these images, one senses the ultimate victory of the concept of historical memory. But it is also a wan victory, for nothing can bring back the lives of those who lost them.
Operation Condor was a secret plan that, at the height of the Cold War, brought together six Latin-American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay) living under right-wing military regimes. Through the exchange of information, resources, torture techniques, and political prisoners, these countries intended to annihilate all political opposition, which they referred to as «the communist threat» or the «subversives». Some estimates are that at least 60,000 deaths can be attributed to Condor, and possibly more.
The book includes an introduction by Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer at The New Yorker, and an epilogue by the judge Baltasar Garzón.
João Pina was born in Lisbon in 1980. During the last decade he has worked mainly in Latin America. After finishing his first book, By teu livre pensamento, which explains the story of 25 ancient Portuguese political prisoners, he now publishes Condor, the result of nearly a decade of work and his longest personal project.