Perú, viaje al sol, 1990-2000
When he travelled there in 1990 to take some prints from negatives by Martin Chambi, his favorite photographer, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto had already turned Peru into a personal myth that he would never stop exploring. “Perú, viaje al Sol” is the fruit of nine visits and thousands of plate-camera photos. Castro Prieto doesn’t restrict himself to the remarkable sites of Machu Picchu and Wiñay Wayna; he plunges deep into the jungle and goes to meet the inhabitants of remote villages. This photographer is not out to make a documentary. On the contrary, he gives his imagination free rein nourished by Chambi’s images and the writings of José Maria Arguedas, Ciro Alegría and the poet César Vallejo.