is the name Marion and Tony Morrison have given to their archive
of images and life-work of writing, photography, research and TV
film making in Latin America. Between them they have written over
60 books and contributed to many hundreds more.
Their interests take them to many parts of the continent meeting
people and understanding the local environment through its history
and archaeoleogy. In recent years oceans and rainforests have been
high on their non-stop schedule. Here Marion is on the shore of
the Ilha de Santa Catarina, in southern Brasil and Tony is in rainforest
bordering the Rio Acre in western Amazonia.
are managed electronically and since 2003 the emphasis has been
on files from digital cameras. The files of archival works such
as engravings or early photographs are kept as hi-res scans. From
2004 all Tony and Marion's photography has been digital.
South American Pictures Archive
is known worldwide and as well as photos from Tony and Marion it
includes others from forty associates. It has become one of the
most comprehensive collections of its kind. If you do not see the
subject you are looking for send an e-mail or SKYPE.
milestones along the way
and Tony met in La Paz Bolivia in 1963 when Tony was an independent
producer making TV films for the BBC. Marion
was working with a United Nations Andean programme and was based
in a village near the shore of Lake Titicaca.
year earlier an around-the-world journey driving overland with five
friends from the University of Bristol in 1960/61 had taken Tony
to South America for the first time. Here they are seen crossing
the equator in Ecuador on their way north to the USA.
more than forty years of specialising in Latin America has
given him the chance to study subjects such as the environment and
perhaps unexpectedly, the Nasca Lines on the desert of Peru.
Nasca, Peru -
sometimes written as Nazca
in 1963 the curious desert markings were the subject of his first
solo film for television. It was at that time he met Maria Reiche
the German mathmetician and recluse who was living alone at the
edge of the desert. Over the years they became close friends and
Tony's book Mystery of the Nasca Lines (1986), documents
her life to the point when ill-health forced her to give up her
Tony made three TV films about the Nasca mystery Mystery
on the Desert [1963 BBC] Pathways to the Gods [1978 BBC
and Bavaria Television]. Pathways to the Gods 2
[Dutch TV ] which together with his widely published book
Pathways to the Gods  proposed the most accepted
answer to the riddle. The research was covered by German [Bavarian]
other films cover a variety of topics from the environment to the
history of the continent. At the suggestion of wildlife
consultant, the late Ian Grimwood who realised the potential of
the Manú forests in eastern Peru, Tony and Marion filmed
there a year after it was set aside as a national park.
A Park In Peru for BBC was the first televison film to be
made in the Manú and was also screened at the Second International
Congress of the World Wildlife Fund [WWF].
Steamship Great Britain / S.S Great Britain Over
a span of two years, a totally different conservation project took
them southward to the Falkland / Malvinas Islands to film the people.
the abundant wildlife, and the salvage of the Steamship Great Britain.
The Great Britain, the brainchild of the Victorian engineer Isambard
Kingdom Brunel was launched in 1843.
the rusting hull was lifted from the shores of the Falkland Islands
it was towed back to Bristol, England on a floating pontoon.
Great Iron Ship a 50 minute documentary for
BBC TV was a crowd puller and when the old ship was towed into Bristol
docks over a hundred thousand people turned out to watch. The original
hull is now in Bristol and almost fully restored. Marion's newspaper
reporting of the salvage operation in the Falkland Islands /Islas
Malvinas was a scoop seen around the world.
1980 Tony directed the award winning Three Miles High
TV film, a railway journey linking Lima. Peru and La Paz, Bolivia.
The film was in the first series of BBC's 'Great Railway Journeys'
and featured the late Miles Kington as the 'traveller'.
from these early years came two other books. Land
Above the Clouds, published by Andre Deutsch, accompanied
a Survival special film with Anglia Television [London] covering
wildlife of the Andes and conservation. The Andes 
for TimeLife books was translated in many languages and followed
a commissioned journey from the Caribbean to the distant south of
books of the 1980's focused on women travellers in Amazonia.
Lizzie, A Victorian Lady's Amazon Adventure published
by the BBC, and made into a TV film featured actress Maria Aitken
as the modern day traveller and was based on the personal letters
of a young woman who travelled the length of the Amazon river with
her husband during the the infamous rubber exploitation of the late
Mee, In Search of Flowers of the Amazon Forests [Nonesuch
Expeditions, 1988] has
quickly become a classic. The story behind the book can be found
on another site. www.nonesuchexpeditions.com
This site includes clips from film taken during Margaret's final
journey in 1988 planned and arranged by South American Pictures
and Nonesuch Expeditions
into the 2000's
latest books are about the Great Britain  and
Peru and Qosqo, Navel of the World covering the history
and wonders of Cuzco, the spiritual centre of the ancient Inca /Inka
empire. Qosqo the is the Inca / Inka name for Cuzco and the book
looks at the origin of the many ancient descriptions for parts of
Country of Contrasts  is an illustrated guide to the
enormously varied landscape and history of Peru. This book
and Qosqo were created in Brasil and published in Peru in Spanish
and English editions
has written more than sixty educational books covering almost all
the countries on the archive list. Her topics include general information,
history, geography, economics, people and for countries with immense
pre-Columbian history she covers the archaeology. Some books have
required special research. One was in Cuba where
she compared life in a village and the capital, Havana. See -
FEATURES - on this site for more on Cuba. Another
of Marion's early books looked at family life in the northeast
of Brasil / nordeste and this region is one place
has returned to many times.
contributed extensively to the multi-volume Peoples of the
Americas  and now in digital format. Her most
recent projects include Guyana, El Salvador and Nicaragua (2004)
and Uruguay, Guatemala, Chile (2006), Costa Rica and Colombia (2007)
for publishers in the UK and USA.
is a separate website and is dedicated to information on ideas,
people and places. As well as Tony's early travels Nonesuch
Expeditions holds an archive of photographs of Pusegaon
a village in the Deccan of India where Tony and five fellow
Bristol graduates were based for studies in 1960. The story
of a return visit in 2000 for three members of the team and
their wives is covered by A Dream Come True. Marion
and Tony with their colleagues were honoured by the village,
now a small town, with festivities lasting three days. They
were granted Honorary Citizenship and although Pusegaon is far
from Latin America they maintain frequent contact through schools
and the local Panchayat, [council].
MEE AND THE MOONFLOWER
be an e-book dedicated to the story of the Moonflower, a cactus
of the Amazon rainforest which flowers just once on one night
each year. The story was devised by Tony in 1987 and has been
brought up to date with original audio and video.