Martín Chambi Jiménez, was a photographer, originally from southern Peru. He was one of the first major indigenous Latin American photographers. Recognized for the profound historic and ethnic documentary value of his photographs, he was a prolific portrait photographer in the towns and countryside of the Peruvian Andes. As well as being the leading portrait photographer in Cuzco, Chambi made many landscape photographs, which he sold mainly in the form of postcards, a format he pioneered in Peru. In 1979, New York’s MOMA held a Chambi retrospective, which later traveled to various locations and inspired other international expositions of his work.
About Martin Chambi
Peruvian photographer famous for his photographs of the indigenous people of South and Central America.
He worked alongside his father in a Carabaya Province gold mine.
He was critically well-received and is considered an important photographer as both an artist and historian.
His family were Quechua speaking peasants from a poor region of Peru.
While his contemporary Ansel Adams focused on nature, he preferred photographing the human experience.
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