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Martín Chambi

Martín Chambi

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Photographed by Martin ChambiAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Martin Chambi
Foreword by Mario Vargas LlosaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Mario Vargas Llosa
Introduction by Edward RanneyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Edward Ranney

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books
  • On Sale: February 17, 1993
  • Price: $45.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-56098-244-9 (1-56098-244-6)
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Martín Chambi is today regarded as one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Between 1920 and 1950 he assembled an unprecedented collection of photographs of the people and landscape of Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital that was in his day a cultural center in Peru. His studio was favored by the local elite, whose fiestas, weddings, and portraits he imbued with a unique outsider's sensibility. Above all, he devoted himself to photographing his own people–the highland Indians whose ancestors built Cuzco–with a keen postcolonial eye.

“Without a doubt, Martín Chambi’s images laid bare all the social complexity of the Andes. Those images place us in the heart of highland feudalism, in the haciendas of the large land-holders, with their servants and concubines, in the colonial processions of contrite and drunken throngs, and in the smoky chicher’as. . . . Of Martín Chambi it is enough to say that in those thirty-some years of photographing, there was no corner of the Cuzco universe he did not appropriate or immortalize.”–Mario Vargas Llosa, Novel Prize Winner for Literature, from Foreword

“As the world has awakened to the enormous riches of historical and contemporary Latin American art, renewed interest has been sparked in the extraordinary work of Peruvian photographer Chambi…. With informative, insightful introductions by Ranney and Mondejar, this is a volume not to be missed.”–Publishers Weekly