Metamorphosis is a project by photographer Malcolm Linton about the last days of one of the world’s oldest and largest guerrilla movements, the FARC in Colombia, South America.
Linton began photographing the guerrillas in the jungle shortly before a ceasefire with the government in June, 2016 and followed them for two years as the country’s peace process unfolded.
In 2019 the photographs were published as a book, Metamorphosis: Guerrillas in Search of Peace, by Villegas Editores.
Without defending the FARC’s actions or ideology, the book challenges decades of demonization of the guerrillas by successive governments and the mainstream media. It shows them as people.
Colombia’s National Center for Historical Memory reported in 2018 that the FARC and other guerrilla groups were responsible for almost 17% of civilian deaths in the armed conflict from 1959 and 2016. It said the country’s armed forces and paramilitary groups supported by the government were responsible for more than 50% of civilian deaths.