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Volcano. Santa María, Guatemala
© Courtesy of Richard and John Buckham.

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Volcano. Santa María, Guatemala About 1930

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In 1930 Buckham was commissioned by 'Fortune' magazine to produce a portfolio of aerial photographs of his chosen area of the Americas. Buckman opted for central and South America. Buckham described his journey across Guatemala and the opportunity to photograph the country’s largest volcano, Santa María, in The Morning Post of January 1934: “Over Guatemala very little was seen of its dense jungles and wild mountains owing to the presence of thick cloud; but luckily her most famous volcanoes, excepting San Salvador, stood clear. Among others Santa María presented an awe-inspiring subject for the camera.” This striking photograph captures the thick, ferocious smoke rising from the crater.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Commission, Portfolio


  • Acc. No. PGP 197.3
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 46.00 x 38.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2008