Martin Chambi

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Born in the Andes of Southern Peru to a Quecha-speaking peasant family in 1891, Martin Chambi became one of the most important photographers of the 20th century.  Between 1920 and 1950 he documented through film an unprecedented catalog of Peru.  Though he was a favorite of the social elite at the time, his favorite subject were the indigenous people.  Much of his photography is based in the Andes and includes a substantial amount of work around Cusco as well as early photographs of Machu Picchu.  To date only a small fraction of his 30,000 glass plate catalog has been published – there are still far more of his images waiting to be discovered.

At the time of his death in 1973, Chanbi’s work was virtually unknown outside Peru.  In 1979 his photography was first put on display at the MOMA museum in New York.  Since that time other exhibitions have been made in Zurich, London and Madrid as well as having a BBC documentary and book of his work.

Enjoy the art of Martin Chambi!


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