Martín Chambi. Martín Chambi


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Martin Chambi (Peru 1891 -1973), of peasant origin, was professionally established in Cusco, city to which he arrived in 1920 attracted by its splendour and history.

He was the first indigenous blood photographer to portray his own people with pride and haughtiness, revealing the everyday and magical universe of Andean culture. The faces photographed by Chambi reflect the dignity of a refugee people in itself, uncomfortable in the imposed clothes, subdued, but never humiliated. In 1977, the cataloguing and developing of some 6,000 glass plates of his photographic archive by the EarthWatch Foundation represented the starting signal for the international diffusion of his work, arriving at the MOMA of NY in 1979.

His work has been the subject of numerous articles, books and catalogues, starring more than a hundred exhibitions in the most hidden corners of the world. He is part of numerous public and private collections, among many others, MALI Art Museum of Lima, Peru; MOMA, New York, USA; Photo Museo, Zarautz, Spain; Royal Academy of BBAA, Madrid, Spain; Gorman Museum, California, USA; Ibero-American Institute of Berlin, Germany; Museum of the culture of Milan, Italy; MUN, University of Navarra Museum, Pamplona, ​​Spain; Dionisi Museum, Cordoba, Argentina; Jan Mulder Collection, Lima, Peru; Eduardo Hochschild Collection, Lima, Peru; Bank of Credit of Peru; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA; Mario Testino Collection, London, UK …

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