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Martin Chambi - Peru - Castro Prieto
2011

Two photographic universes, two approaches, two epochs but a common admiration, passion for the Peruvian culture.

While individual or group portraits of Martin Chambi (Coaza, 1891 Cuzco, 1973) explore and reveal the complexity of the Peruvian society of the early 20th century, its countryside daily life scenes with its peasants are deeply tinged with the poetry, which comes from Inca cultures remains.
First native photographer, Chambi was simultaneously anthropologist, art show photographer, photojournalist, militant witness of the birth of the Indian movement in his country, archivist of his own culture and of his countrys folkloreHes now known as one of the genius of photography, for his technical skills, his work on light and his sense of frame.
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto (Madrid, 1958), who discovered Peru in 1990 on the footsteps of Martin Chambi, developed along his numerous trips a more contemporary approach of this world, without exoticism, underlining the frailty of reality and memory. A really different way of working from Chambis one. The persistent conflict between the contemporary iconography polluted by globalizations symbols and the imperial pasts traces is the aim of Castro-Prietos work, which is also a tribute to Chambis work.

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