Martín Chambi Jiménez, (Puno, Peru November 5, 1891 – Cuzco, September 13, 1973) 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.
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Chambi learned photography in 1900 and from 1908 to 1917 and was an apprentice to the photographer Max T. Vargas in Arequipa, Peru. In 1917, he opened his own studio in Sicuani, Peru and in 1920, he moved to Cuzco, where he practiced commercial portrait photography and also recorded the "heritage of the Indian culture in the highland", in an effort to preserve it. In the years between 1920 and 1939, Chambi documented the city of Cuzco and the regional architecture of Peru. In 1924-1925, Chambi set up a second studio in Cuzco which operated until 1973. He was the co-founder of the Instituto Americano de Arte, Cuzco, in 1927-1928.
Peruvian, South American
Artist, Photographer
Martín Chambi, Martin Chambi, Martín Chambi de Coaza, Martin Chambi Jiminez, Martín de Coaza, Martín Chambi Jiménez
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