"I have rarely seen in my life documentary work of such delicacy, and human and artistic beauty such as Beláustegui’s photography with indigenous communities. This moved me to recommend him to the photo editors of Magnum Photos and Life, Time, and Newsweek magazines. Undoubtedly, the work of this young, natural, self-taught talent in the field of humanitarian photography will leave a great legacy for the new generations of photographers to come."
- Cornell Capa, 1994
President of Magnum Photos from 1956 to 1960 and founder of the International Center of Photography in New York